Tag Archives: Bird boxes

Annual Housekeeping

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Martin and Peter checking a box.

Each winter the bird boxes sited along Dot Hill path need to be checked and emptied in order to be ready for new occupants in the spring.  Martin and Peter from RBG Parks and Open Spaces met us early morning on December, set up the ladder and then opened each box in turn.

The blue tits have been busy again this year and we found nine boxes containing successful nests. Some were more cosy and substantial than others, maybe built by more experienced birds – we had fun speculating. The remaining three boxes were empty.

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Blue or Great Tit’s nest from one of the bird boxes.

Results show that #7, #11 and #12 have been empty two years running and Martin suggested moving them if this occurs next season. The boxes are easily visible this time of year so have a wander and see if you can spot them.  They are numbered in order, 1 – 13, and you will notice that #4 is ‘in need of rennovation’ as it was damaged in 2014. Look out for the one with the extra front door…

FSP would like to thank Parks and Open Spaces for accommodating this visit in their packed work schedule.