Posted in Gardening at Home, Gardening at School, Gift Ideas, School Projects, Wildlife, tagged Bird Boxes, bird boxes for the garden, Bird boxes on your house, build your own bird box, gardening in school, gardening with children, homes for birds, make bird boxes with children, national nest box week, put up bird boxes, recycle works, recycleworks, School Projects, school wildlife, The Recycle Works, wildlife education, wildlife gardening on February 11, 2013 |
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Open Birch Log Nest Box
Birds come in all shapes, sizes and colours and each one is as particular about where they live as we are. Every bird finds or builds a nest that is as unique as they are, but sometimes it is not always that simple, due to redevelopment and intensive farming many birds are losing their natural habits, making it harder for them to breed and leading to a decline in many species.
Robin & Wren Nest Box
To mark National Nest Box Week 14th – 21st February 2013 the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) are inviting individuals, families, schools, and community groups to put up Nest Boxes in their gardens or in their local area and provide a home for our birds.
Pembroke Nest Box
If you haven’t got a Nest Box in your garden now is the ideal time to put one up although you can put up a nest box at any time of the year.
Open Fronted Ceramic Teapot Bird Nester
Nest boxes come in all shapes, sizes and colours too to cater for the needs of different birds, they can be bought ready built or why not build your own with a ‘Build your own Nest Box Kit’ this is a lovely thing to do with children and a great half term activity, Nest Boxes also make an unusual and wildlife friendly gift for any occasion so why not treat the birds in your garden this Valentines Day and show them that you care.
Build Your Own Nest Box Kit
Why not put up a House Martin Nest Box ready for the arrival of these delightful Summer Visitors.
House Martin Nest Box
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Posted in Gardening at Home, Gardening at School, Wildlife, tagged Bird boxes on your house, gardening in school, gardening with children, House Martin Nest Box, House Sparrow Terrace Nest Box, Nest Box Cameras, nest boxes, recycle works, recycleworks, RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results, School Projects, school wildlife, Starling Nest Box, watch birds with a camera, wildlife education, wildlife gardening on May 2, 2012 |
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The 2012 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch/Big Schools Birdwatch results have been published, this was something that we took part in on 28th/29th January. Just under 600,000 people took part and counted over 9 million birds, of over 70 species, in 285,440 gardens across the UK. In first place was the House Sparrow, second was the Starling, and third was the Blue Tit. Although second place, sadly, this survey revealed that Starlings are at an all time low, they were seen in fewer than half of the gardens with an average of three per garden. Research is now underway to find out more about their decline and they have now been placed on the red list as a bird of high conservation concern.
Starling Nest Box
To help this stunning glossy purple/green speckled bird why not put up a Starling Nest Box, designed specifically for the Starling it has a larger entrance hole and more space inside. It is still not too late to put up any type of Nest Box.
Single House Martin Nest Box
We have a multitude of nest boxes on the sides of our house (as it’s a semi-detached there is plenty of space) at the front we have a Single House Martin Nest Box ready for their return from Africa (these are proving very popular at the moment and our stocks at The Recycleworks are going out within days of arriving especially the Double Chamber House Martin Boxes) unfortunately last year the returning House Martins didn’t get a look in as the House Sparrows had occupied it first, so instead they built their own nests on our neighbours house across the road. They are elegant birds with their distinct white rump and forked tail, it’s lovely to hear them ‘chatter’ to each other.
Bowland Nest Box
Curiously there’s no shortage of nest boxes for the Sparrows, as at the back of the house there are nine single Nest Boxes spaced out in a terrace and a three chamber House Sparrow Terrace Nest Box, two of the chambers are being used by House Sparrows as are two of the single boxes. We have got a Nest Box Camera in one of these boxes and last year we were thrilled to watch eggs being laid, and the chicks hatching and being fed by their parents - what a privilege. One of the single boxes had a wasp nest in last year and I believe Bumble Bees also nest in them. At the side of the house we have another single nest box and two Swift Boxes (homemade) again all these are occupied by House Sparrows, we have quite an increasing colony which is lovely, but they do torment our poor cat ‘Bramble’.
Camera Ready Nest Box
So why not put up some bird boxes you never know who will make their home in them!
Love your wildlife
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