I think watching birds nesting is very rewarding, especially if they are nesting in a nest box you have put up.
It connects us to nature, watching them flit in and out of a nest box.
Why not make a late New Years Resolution that you will put up at least one bird box this year.
We put two new nest boxes up about a month ago and have seen a bird disappearing into one. It could be being used as a roost this winter – which I’m pleased about
Here are two tips for putting up and caring for nest boxes –
WHERE SHOULD A BOX BE PLACED?
Fix the bird box two to five metres up a tree or wall, out of the reach of cats
Unless there are trees or buildings that give the nest box shelter, it is best facing between north and south east. This avoids strong sunlight and the wettest winds.
Tilt the box forward slightly so that any driving rain will hit the roof and fall clear
SHOULD THE NEST BOXES BE CLEANED OUT EACH YEAR
The nest of most birds harbour fleas and other parasites which will then infest young birds that hatch the following year.
It is best to clean the old nests boxes in October or November.
Use boiling water to kill any parasites.
Insectscides and Flea powders must not be used
If there are unhatched eggs in the box these should be removed. Legally you can only remove eggs from nests and nest boxes between October and January.
If you place a small handful of clean hay or wood shaviangs (not straw) in the box once it is dray after you have cleaned it then the box may be used during the winter by or birds for roosting and shelter.
National Nest Box Week starts on 14th February and is sponsored by Jacobi Jayne