Nesting is just around the corner, there’s a stirring in the air and you may notice the birds in our garden have changed their tune a little.
It is with this that they can’t afford to sit idle, feeling gloomy and hoping for the sun to shine. There’s essential work to be done – breeding!
The most visible evidence of birds readying for the new breeding season is the upsurge in birdsong, from mid-January onwards.
The robin will sing throughout the winter (in fact, both males and females sing to protect their territory), others resume singing around this time of year, not just to tract to attract new mates but also to signal other and mark boundaries of their ‘patch’.
How can we help with the process of reproducing and breeding and helping our garden bird survive, thrive and become stronger in numbers?
Many garden birds won’t begin nesting until March; however, this doesn’t mean they won’t be searching out possible sites earlier and may start looking from December. Many birds will also roost and seek shelter in nest boxes throughout the dark and cold evenings of winter providing an important resource helping them survive these challenging times.
Adding nest boxes to your garden will benefit many birds including Blue Tits, Great Tits, Robins, Wrens and Sparrows, and its not to late to get these sited. We stock a range of nest boxes for the birds listed, from the basic traditional nest box to a more modern and contemporary style, including open boxes for Robins and Wrens.
The recommended direction to face a nest box is between north and east, as this will provide natural protection from direct sunlight, wind and rain, creating a more suitable and safer environment for both brooding and growing birds. It may also be worth tilting the box slightly forward to allow any rain to run clear of the entrance.
For most birds the best height to place the nest box is between 2-4m, attached securely to a wall, fence or tree, to ensure they’re out of reach from predators. Entrance holes with a diameter of 25mm are suitable for blue, coal and marsh tits, whilst a slightly larger entrance of 28mm will attract tree sparrows and great tits. Normally the largest entrance of 32mm will be good for bigger species such as house sparrows, nuthatches and woodpeckers.
Open nest box’s normally preferred by Robins, Wrens and Pied Wagtails are best positioned 1-2m off the ground and can be attached to a wall, fence or tree that has sufficient vegetation such as shrubs and creepers growing around it, allowing cover for visiting birds. Larger versions of these nest boxes can sometimes be used by blackbirds also.
Traditional and open nest box promotional price, was £5.99 now £3.99 (perfect to get you started)
Elegance nest box was £14.99 now £9.99 (fitted with a metal hole protector and with a more contemporary design for the modern garden).
Both above have lid closure fasteners tom aid with cleaning within the box, and a handy hanging eye for ease of fitting.
For further enquiries please contact us on 01664812012 option 1.