National nest box week
ST Valentine’s Day sees the start of National Nest Box Week, helping to give birds a place of their own to bill and coo.
The week aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of breeding birds and wildlife.
According to the British Trust for Ornithology, the natural nest sites such as holes in trees and buildings, on which many bird species depend, are fast disappearing as gardens and woods are ‘tidied’ and old houses are repaired. Since National Nest Box Week was launched in 1997 enthusiastic naturalists across the UK have put up boxes to compensate for this loss.
Each year the special week is organised by the BTO from February 14-21 and is an established part of the ornithological calendar.