As springtime starts to unfold and our gardens and outdoor spaces become more of a focus than ever before, what better time to add a new element in the form of a birdbox and help our feathered friends to find new homes.
Studies show that natural nesting sites are rapidly disappearing, trees are being felled, hedgerows cut back and nooks and crannies in old houses being demolished or repaired. But they also show that bird houses and nest boxes definitely help to increase bird numbers and also encourage breeding - so why not get involved and give nature a helping hand.
There’s no need to provide nesting material, just a good solid nest box for a bird to make their home. The more homes we can create for our garden birds the more we can contribute to the conservation of British wildlife. And what could be more satisfying than observing and monitoring a new family in the garden.
Follow our six steps for creating a bright and beautiful new bird home:
- Get yourself ready. Grab all the essentials required for your painting project. Paint, paintbrushes, water and not forgetting your birdbox
- Decide on your design. With beautiful rainbows appearing in windows all over the country, then why not add an arc of colours to your design.
- Focus on the sides. Keep your main design to the sides of your birdbox so you don’t distract from the entrance.
- Add a touch of colour to the front. Use your rainbow of colours on the front, but avoid going too close to the hole.
- Pick a place for your new home. Once your paint is dry find somewhere in the garden to house your birdbox and ask an adult to put it in place.
- Sit back and watch. Keep a careful eye out for any visitors who might be looking for a new home. Hopefully a new feathered family will emerge in a few months time.
A few top tips for attracting birds to your garden:
- the RSPB recommends boxes face between the North and the East and are fixed 3 metres above the ground.
- Boxes should be sheltered from the weather and if you’re considering more than one make sure they are not too close, especially if they are the same type.
- Different types of nest boxes attract different types of birds. Those with small holes will attract blue tits, great tits, nuthatches and sparrows, whilst robins and wagtails prefer open fronted boxes.
- Keep your feathered friends fit and healthy with high energy peanuts.
- Make sure you choose a feeder specifically designed for the seeds or nuts you use
- Suet balls are tasty treats for wild birds, providing extra energy and nutrition, but don’t locate them too closely to your nest box as they can be busy places and might disturb young families.
- Look out for our bird seed with added fruit which will help attract a wider variety of birds