We all know that 14th February marks Valentine’s Day, but did you also know that is also marks the start of National Nest Box Week which runs from the 14th to 21st February?
National Nest Box Week aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife.
Whether you’re a family with space for a box in your garden, a teacher, or a member of a local wildlife group, National Nest Box Week gives you the chance to contribute to the conservation effort in the UK whilst giving you the pleasure of observing any breeding birds that you attract to your garden.
Why are nest boxes important?
Nest boxes are important in helping to protect a depleted bird population. Many birds need extra help to survive the colder winter months. As the spring comes and it becomes milder, nest boxes help the birds re-establish their numbers by providing a place for them to lay their eggs and raise their young.
In towns, cities and gardens, the nest boxes act as a substitute for the holes naturally found in trees.
Nest boxes can be useful in family gardens where there is often a lot of food, but often fewer trees.
Where should I put my nest box?
Boxes for tits, sparrows or starlings should be fixed two to four metres up a tree or a wall.
Try to avoid facing the nest box towards the south west where the worst of the wind and rain comes from. Also, avoid having the box in full sun during the middle of the day because the box and chicks might overheat.
As it’s half term this week for some of the country, so why not have a go at making your own nest box!
Or you could buy one from your local garden centre or online through the RSPB too!