Last chance for bird lovers to put up nesting boxes

THE breeding season will soon be underway and the RSPB is urging people who have not yet put up their nesting boxes to do so this weekend.

While some birds may have already chosen their nest sites, ahead of the start of the breeding season in March, there are still some who have yet to decide on a spot.

Kate Standing, from RSPB South East, said: “If you’ve got nest boxes gathering dust in your shed, or have thought about making or buying one, then now’s the time to do something about it.

“Ideally nest boxes should go up in autumn for winter shelter followed by breeding, but you may just be lucky if you don’t delay. It may be cold outside but if you can do one thing outdoors this weekend, make it that.”

National Nest Box Week has been running for ten consecutive years and is organised by the BTO, whose work primarily involves studying the populations of Britain’s garden and common birds. The week aims to encourage the public to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to help the conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife.

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) National Nest Box Week tuns from February 14 to 21, and aims to encourage the public to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to help the conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife.

More than 60 bird species are known to have used nest boxes, but the most regular residents are blue tits and nuthatches, as well as house sparrows and starlings, which are both declining in numbers.

The species that use your nest box will depend on the type of box, where it is located and its surroundings.

To find out more about gardening for wildlife visit www.rspb.org.uk/hfw.