Bird Box of the Day

It’s National Nest Box Week!
What is National Nest Box Week?
National Nest Box Week is an annual event to encourage people to put up nest boxes in their gardens. It has been running for over 20 years and always starts on the same day each year, Valentine’s Day, 14th – 21st February. National Nest Box Week aims to help offer breeding birds a place to nest, promoting UK birds’ conservation and growth!

Todays Bird Box ….

The National Trust Vail Larch 32mm Nest Box is a lovely elegantly designed nest box and will make a wonderful addition to any garden or outdoor space. With a classic nest box design, it has a green sloping edged roof and is optimized with the addition of a nest box plate to protect nestlings from predators such as woodpeckers. The 32mm hole size will be suitable for a variety of Tits and smaller birds.

The nest box can be opened at the side for cleaning after the breeding season. This is generally around October when you can be sure that no more birds are breeding inside A clean nest box will also attract birds who want to use it as a shelter during colder winter months.

The nest box should be sited on a tree, wall, fence or building at least 1.5m – 2m above the ground. They should be situated away from easy access by cats and predators. Many people make the mistake of positioning their bird boxes too high up. Garden birds tend to prefer to nest in shrubs, small trees and bushes nearer to the ground so try to find a safe and similar position to places where they’d naturally build their nests.

Wherever you position the box, try to ensure that you can still access it for maintenance. Finally, if possible, try to put it somewhere where you can see it. Or invest in a nest box camera, to maximise your enjoyment of watching wild birds in your garden.

If you need any advice on which bird box to choose we are more than happy to help.