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How To Position Nesting Boxes For Wild Birds

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We are encouraged to install a selection of nesting boxes in our gardens, but often they remain there for years with only a solitary spider in residence. The reason, according to the RSPB, is because the boxes aren’t sited correctly and wild birds are very fussy!
Birds like to be sheltered from bad weather and the direct heat from the sun. North and east-facing boxes are prime locations.
Small-holed nesting boxes for wrens and tits should be around 5 feet above the ground.
Open-fronted boxes for robins are ideal placed among climbing plants that conceal the nest and protect the fledglings and eggs from bad weather and predators such as magpies, squirrels and cats.
Specially designed nesting boxes for swallows and house martins may help to encourage the birds to nest where they cause less mess, as swallows like to nest inside barns, sheds, etc., and martins under the eaves.
Too many boxes in the garden will infringe on different birds’ territory.
When carrying out repairs and maintenance on buildings and gardens in the spring, do be careful about damaging nests and eggs, or frightening the parent birds away. The RSPB urges people to delay outdoor jobs until the end of the nesting season in July.


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