Northumberland Wildlife Trust is supporting National Nest Box Week, which runs every year from 14 – 21 February.
Starting on St Valentine’s Day, it’s the time when we remind ourselves to provide homes for dozens of species as the natural nest sites on which many of our bird species depend, such as holes in trees and buildings, are fast disappearing as gardens and woods are ‘tidied’ and old houses are repaired.
Since National Nest Box Week was launched in 1997 by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), thousands of enthusiastic naturalists across the UK have put up boxes to compensate for this loss, so much so that it is now an established part of the ornithological calendar. It is estimated that there are now between five and six million boxes in gardens across the UK.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust constantly encourages 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. The wildlife charity is so passionate about birds that last autumn, the demolition of its burnt out visitor centre on its Hauxley reserve at Druridge Bay was delayed due to a pair of barn owls which had nested in the old building and happily produced three chicks.
Whether you’re a family with space for a box in your garden, a teacher, a member of a local wildlife group, or you belong to a bird club and could organise a work party, National Nest Box Week gives you the chance to contribute to the conservation effort in the UK whilst giving you the pleasure of observing any breeding birds which a nest box will attract.
Steve Lowe, Northumberland Wildlife Trust Head of Conservation, says: “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, you can buy them fairly reasonably from most supermarkets. I know everybody is feeling the pinch but please try and do your bit for Britain’s birds – give them a bit of a boost!”