Why do we need to use nest boxes?
The amount of natural places for birds to nest in has been depleting for quite some time. This is because our green spaces, whether this be our back gardens or local fields, have become so much more tidier than ever before. Keeping green space ‘tidy’ removes any holes or areas for birds to nest in therefore having a nest box allows them to have somewhere to feel safe in a space where they can potentially have access to food too. Luckily, we are able to do something about this, by offering a place for birds to nest and breed, safely.
What birds can I expect?
Once you have put up your nest box, you can expect birds such as tits, finches, sparrows and chickadees along with many more.
What nest box should I choose?
There are lots of different nest boxes
available, so it’s hard to know which one is right for your garden and your birds. If you have lots of predators in your garden, it might be a better idea to look for smaller holed nest boxes or if you have somewhere higher up next to your house, it could be a nice idea to purchase an open-fronted box. If you are thinking of buying an open nest box then be mindful that unwanted predators can have access too. Keeping it closer to the house means that predators will be less likely to intervene as they are more cautious with humans.
Should I put anything inside?
In short, no you don’t need to put any materials inside as the birds will do this themselves. If you were to put materials in then they would most likely just take them out anyway and start again. This then makes more work for the birds who wish to nest here and will just put them off; they will choose somewhere else instead.
How can I attract birds?
The simplest, most effective way of attracting birds to your nest box is to think about the surrounding. Place your bird feeders
closer to the nest box and ensure that it is always topped up with attractive bird food
and clean. Another good idea is to ensure you have a fresh water source available, as this will encourage birds into the garden that perhaps don’t eat from the feeders too.