Give birds a home this Spring

Wednesday 10th February 2016

Making bird boxesMaking bird boxes - Amy Lewis

Celebrate National Nest Box Week (14-21 February)

Spring is on the way and garden birds are starting to look for suitable nesting sites. Show your appreciation for some much-loved garden companions, by giving them a place to set up home. 

Natural nest sites for birds such as holes in trees or old buildings are disappearing fast as gardens are ‘tidied’ and old houses are repaired. Birds like blue tits, robins, and a whole range of other species find ready-made nesting places very beneficial, and there is the added bonus that if a couple moves in you can witness their daily lives, from nesting through to the chicks fledging.

Wild-Play: Bird Box Building at Far Ings

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is holding special two events at Far Ings National Nature Reserve near Barton-upon-Humber, encouraging families to get involved in making homes for garden birds.

Wednesday 17 February and Thursday 18 February: 1pm - 3pm
£6 per Bird Box
To book your place please contact Far Ings Education Centre on:
01652 637055 or email:
Wild-Play events are aimed at 5-11 year olds.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

There are different sorts of nest boxes for different birds but they come in two main types: those with a small round hole and those with an open front. The boxes with the hole on the front will attract birds that like to nest in places like hollow trees, and the diameter of the hole is suitable for different species. The smaller blue tits and coal tits will use a box with a hole size of 25mm, larger great tits will use a box with a hole size of 32mm. The open fronted boxes are for birds like robins and blackbirds that would typically build their nests hidden amongst the vegetation of a hedge.

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 you really must 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. 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.

National Nest Box Week takes place each year from 14-21 February. Run by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), it aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife.


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