ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO MONITOR BIRDS THIS NATIONAL NEST BOX WEEK

12 Feb 2016

This National Nest Box Week (14-21 February 2016), go one step further and put up a nest box that doesn’t just provide for wildlife, but also supports environmental education. 

Children and adults alike are becoming increasingly disconnected with nature. People living in cities are too often removed from seasonal highlights observed in the countryside, and spring is a magical time for learning about the new life.

The nest boxes that Wildlife World design and offer are all tested on a farm in Devon and meet the best design guidelines used within the industry.  All wood is sustainably sourced and meets the FSC standards, so no damage is being done to the environment by our products.  

The Wildlife World Camera Nest Box is a well-designed nest box that birds such as Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren and Robin could choose to nest in, due to its various fronts that can be used. The camera comes in its own casing that is of benefit as it ensures the heat from the camera does not warm up the chicks in the nest and cause them to perish. The camera can be angled out to see the bird flying in and out, or angled down for nest and chick observation. Imagine the joy of watching with your children or class, as the first egg hatches, or the brood of chicks you have been watching for weeks takes their first flight. All this is possible with the Wildlife World Camera nest box system: http://www.wildlifeworld.co.uk/p/premium-camera-nest-box-system?pp=24

When choosing a nest box to put up this year, ecologist Chantal Brown suggests a few important considerations:

 

  1. Look for a box that has a thick wood or recycled material on the outside. This ensures durability and gives the nest box the best chance of being used year after year. Many birds are site faithful and if the nest box remains dry and is cleaned out, it could be used year after year. Avoid cheap boxes that don’t look like they will stand the test of time.  Wildlife World’s Urban bird box is an excellent example of a durable box, made out of recycled plastic mixed with clay, not only are the environmental credentials of this box exceptional, but the thermal properties of the clay prevent heat loss and ensure the box stays dry, which is critical to brood success.
  2. A metal ring protector around the hole deters predators such as woodpeckers and raptors. All Wildlife World boxes have these hole protectors to ensure your nesting bird and their brood remain safe.
  3. Positioning your box. Once you have purchased your box, a key to its success is positioning it correctly. Depending on the species and the type of box, there are different requirements for aspect and height, but most species like a quiet and sheltered spot, that is not in full sunlight and not exposed to rain and direct, prevailing winds. Try to position the box as far away from the feeding stations as possible, as these areas become hot spots for competition from other species, and can prevent more timid, small garden birds from successfully nesting.
  4. Managing your nest box. Most birds like to build their own nest, providing their own material that they collect. It is a good idea to clear the nest box out after each season of breeding use (from late August until the end of winter). It is illegal to disturb nesting boxes, but when you are sure the nest box is not in use, or being surveyed by potential nesters, give the nest box a clean. If it is only debris you could just use a brush http://www.wildlifeworld.co.uk/p/hygiene-brush-kit?pp=24 , if it is dirty from faeces, use washing up liquid or specific bird box cleaning products that are environmentally friendly alongside a good scraper such as http://www.wildlifeworld.co.uk/p/dual-purpose-scraper-tool/products-by-species_garden-birds_bird-feeding-accessories?pp=24

Further information is available from Wildlife World on 01666 505333, by emailing james@wildlifeworld.co.uk or by visiting the company’s website at www.wildlifeworld.co.uk