Give a bird a home during nest box week

Wednesday 11th February 2015

Nest box makingNest box making - Amy Lewis

Whatever the size of your garden, a nest box will help a pair of birds in need this Valentine’s Day

Spring is in the air; birds are already looking for territories and starting to pair up! It’s the perfect time to put up a bird box in your garden and the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is encouraging everyone to support National Nest Box Week (14 - 21 February), run by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

The Wildlife Trust is holding special events at Whisby Nature Park near Lincoln and Far Ings National Nature Reserve near Barton encouraging everyone to get involved in making homes for garden birds. The nest boxes should be put up in gardens and watched with pride as new tenants move in, have their own relationship dramas and, hopefully, breed.

Nest box making and advice

On Sunday 15 February between 10.30am and 3.30pm at Whisby Nature Park near Lincoln.
Volunteers will be on hand to help you make a nest box for your garden and to provide advice on where best to site the box in your garden.
£5 per box. In The Barn (at the entrance archway beyond the Natural World Visitor Centre).

Wild-Play: Bird box building

Bring the children along to Far Ings so they can make they own nest box under the guidance of our Education Officers.
Thursday 19 February, 1pm – 3pm, and, Friday 20 February, 1pm – 3pm
£6 per bird box. Booking in advance is essential by phone 01652 637055 or by email faringseducation@lincstrust.co.uk (please include your phone number in your email so we can contact you).

Make your own nest box

Nest boxes are easy to make and a great way to get your children or grandchildren involved with wildlife and conservation. Throughout the spring, you can watch the comings and goings of any birds that nest in your box.
Download the factsheet below or visit the building bird nest box page of our website.


Don’t forget, young birds are fed literally thousands of insects (mostly caterpillars) while in the nest. So if you are encouraging a feathered family into your garden, remember that this goes hand in hand with gardening for insects too. Make sure your garden has flowers that attract insects such as bugle and primrose in Spring and in Summer: buddleia, lavender, any daisy-like flowers as long as they aren't double e.g. marigolds. Sunflowers are also good and later in the year; birds will feed on the seeds. Going chemical free in the garden will also be hugely beneficial.


Notes to editors

National Nest Box Week, organised by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and sponsored by Jacobi Jayne & Co, is launched every year on 14 February and aims to encourage members of the public to erect nest boxes in their gardens. 

 

 

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