Give birds a warm welcome

It's the British Trust for Ornithology's National Nest Box Week on 14–21 February, and while you may think birds only use them in spring and summer for egg-laying, in fact many birds will use them on a cold winter's night to keep warm.

Give birds a warm welcome

It's the British Trust for Ornithology's National Nest Box Week on 14–21 February, and while you may think birds only use them in spring and summer for egg-laying, in fact many birds will use them on a cold winter's night to keep warm. These boxes are frequently communal and the record number of birds found in one box is 63 wrens! Once you've installed a box in your garden, don't forget to provide some fresh food and water too. The RSPB suggests calorie-rich treats like mixed seeds, niger seeds, sunflower seeds and good quality peanuts, as well as kitchen scraps like mild grated cheese, fruit, cooked rice, roast potatoes and raw porridge oats – but avoid putting out dried coconut, cooked porridge and any mouldy or salted food.
• Find out more about building and siting nest boxes at www.bto.org/about-birds/
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; look out for local events including bird box building sessions for families at
www.wildlifetrusts.org or buy bird boxes at shopping.rspb.org.uk.

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