Nest box Week
Did you know this is nest box week?
Nest box week is very important as it raises awareness for different birds in the UK. It calls for us to consider our little winged friends and how we can help them. And it is so simple. If you have some extra money you can buy a nest box, or, if you’re creative and love DIY you can make one yourself. About six years ago, my primary seven class made nest boxes to put in the local woods and even though I can’t remember where mine is, I know its there and it fills me with joy knowing that I helped just that little bit.
Nest boxes come in all shapes and sizes just like the birds we love so much. They’re amazing at keeping eggs safe until they hatch. Birds such as magpies steal eggs meaning that the chicks do not always survive. A box also keeps chicks sheltered from the conditions, because we all know what Scotland can be like! This is why nest box week is so important.
The promotion of nest box week is paramount in ensuring the safety of bird’s hatchlings. It encourages people to put up one or more nest boxes in their garden. We know how important it is so even if you can’t buy one, please consider building one. You can see how to build one here
And if you want to see how the loveable creatures get on, you can even install a camera and watch the chicks hatch in front of your own eyes. If you want to find out more about putting a camera in click here .
I hope you make the most out of nest box week and put a nest box in your garden. It will bring you joy and most importantly it will bring the birds safety for their chicks.
Last week Greener Kirkcaldy’s Dunnikier Park volunteers put up a nest box to encourage barn owls to nest in the wooded area of the park. Their work over the last year has involved bringing new life into the green areas including a forest garden and introducing long grass areas and wild flowers. These habitats encourage mice and voles – a food source for the barn owl. They like to hunt on open ground but nest on the edges. Managing land in this way brings opportunities for the owls to nest there. Tawny owls have been heard in the park, lets hope this project brings other visitors.