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National Nest Box Week

Did you know that the 12-21st February is National Nest Box Week? The event is organised by The BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) who are an independent charitable research institute. They aim to collect data on the status of UK birds. The aim of the week is to encourage people to put up nest boxes in their local area.

With more built up areas and less woodland, birds are struggling to find places to create their nests which is where nest boxes can help to compensate for the loss. Having a nest box couldn’t be easier. Simply find an appropriate location and wait for the tenants! Then at the end of the nesting season, you can clear out the old nest ready for the next family to move in.

The image here is of a birds nest that was blown onto a roof next to our offices. A birds nest on a roof beside our offices

Nest boxes are available from garden centres but they’re also really easy to make at home. With half term coinciding with the week, why not make it a family project? For younger children, they could help to pick out the nest box and choose where to put it. Older children may like to have the responsibility to make one themselves. You can find full guidelines on the National Nest Box Week website:http://www.bto.org/nnbw/make.htm .The page will also help with choosing one to buy and what to look out for.

To find out more information and to order a free information pack head over tohttp://www.bto.org/nnbw/info_pack.htm. Let us know how your half terms go and how you get on!

Emily Morrey-McGrath

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