Why you should take part in this year’s National Nest Box Week

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National Nest Box Week is just around the corner and is great for birds. Starting on St Valentine’s Day, 14th February and running for a week until 21st February every year, St Valentine’s Day was chosen for the start of National Nest Box Week as this is the traditional date when birds pair up for the new breeding season.

The aim of the event is to remind us that now is the time to put up nest boxes for our garden birds at the start of their breeding seasons. Nest Boxes are important for birds and other wildlife, including mammals like bats and hedgehogs and insects like bees and hornets, because modern habitats are often very short of the holes and cavities they need to nest and roost safely.

The British Trust for Ornithology BTO (Britain’s leading bird research charity), which organises the week, are encouraging everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife.

For more information, tips and advice on what nest box to have and where to position it, have a look at www.bto.org/about-birds/nnbw . So 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!”