National Nest Box Week set for February

National Nest Box Week starts on 14th February - image: Chapelwood
National Nest Box Week starts on 14th February - image: Chapelwood

 

 National Nest Box Week, organised by the British Trust for Ornithology, has been announced for  14-21 February.

The event is designed to encourage people to create homes for Britain’s many wild birds in their gardens and thereby promote and encourage biodiversity and conservation of wild birds and wildlife.

Conservationist Simon King said:

"National Nest Box Week is great for birds. Starting on St Valentine's Day, it's the time we remind ourselves to provide homes for dozens of species, from Blue Tits to Barn Owls.

"If you've never built a nest box before, why not give it a go this year? Or if you haven't got the time, it's easy to buy a good one. Go on, take part for Britain's birds."

BTO says that the natural nest sites on which many of our bird species depend, such as holes in trees and buildings, are fast disappearing as gardens and woods are ‘tidied’ and old houses are repaired.

Since National Nest Box Week was launched in 1997, thousands of enthusiastic naturalists across the UK have put up boxes to compensate for this loss. It is estimated that there are now 5-6 million boxes in gardens across the UK.

Founding sponsor and co-organiser is nest box specialist Jacobi Jayne.

Chapelwood has also backed the week as an opportunity to promote bird box sales in garden centres.


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