Bird Nest Boxes
With many of our natural nest sites like large, old decaying trees disappearing from our gardens. We need to provide nest boxes as well as feeders and bird baths. Further encouraging garden birds into our gardens and keep them healthy and happy. This shortage of natural nesting sites for birds has played a part in the decline of some of the UK’s most iconic species.
It is now easier than ever to provide both functional and beautiful nesting opportunities for birds in our gardens and outdoor spaces. There really is no best time to put up nest boxes. By putting up boxes in the autumn you can provide much needed winter refuges for roosting birds. Possibly increasing the chance of them staying and nesting in the spring. This is a good practice to maintain as a well-designed nest box will only need cleaning once per year. Waiting until autumn to clean them ensures they are not still occupied.
One of the key determinants in how likely birds are to occupy nest boxes is where you choose to locate them. Remember to place nest boxes away from feeders and baths. And never disturb the birds once they’re in the box, just enjoy watching from afar.