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  • Forum Thread: blue tit eggs

    I have had blue tits nesting for the last two years. This year another nest was built and then all went quiet I have just looked in the nest to see 10 eggs but no sign of the the parents. It is possible the have been killed by cats. What should I do with the nest do I clean it out or should I leave it...
  • Forum Reply: Re: bird boxes

    As woodpecker has mentioned cleaning boxes can be very beneficial to the occupants of nesting boxes but please make sure you clean the boxes out at the right time of year. It is best to clean them during the autumn months, September, October and November being the optimal time. This is because many...
  • Forum Thread: Nest Box: Design Help Please

    Hello, My daughter and I would like to build a nest box to encourage birds to visit our estate and I would like some advice on which nest box to build. Full disclosure: I know nothing about birds. I live on the top floor (4th floor) of an old block by Hackney Rd. It's not too far from the...
  • Forum Thread: Sparrow terrace

    Hi last year we bought a nesting box, it is the terrace of nesting boxes suitable for sparrows. It was placed at the bottom of the garden on the back of our neighbours garage, as this is at right angles to the garden there is no car disturbances and we have no back entrance. The garage is also covered...
  • Forum Thread: Mandarin ducks laying

    Hi, Ive mandarin ducks laying at the min but they are now on egg 15, i want 2 leave them to it themselves but i know this is far to big for a clutch, any ideas on what i shoud do??thanks
  • Forum Thread: Blue tits - dead chicks in nesting box

    Some blue tits fledged from our nestbox last week. When I cleared and cleaned the nesting box there were two dead chicks in it. Is it unusual for dead chicks to be left? Also, is there any chance of the box being used again this year or can I assume that is that?
  • Forum Thread: Bees nesting in bird box

    I wonder if anyone can give me some advice. I have a webcam on a bird box on the side of our house. Last year we had blue tits nesting in it and five chicks fledged successfully. Initially the blue tit had a problem with evicting a resident bee! This year, although the blue tits were initially...
  • Forum Thread: Dovecot plans

    Hello folks, we have been trying for a while now to source plans for an octagonal or hexagonal pole mounted dovecot on the net for a while now without success. Have found plenty of photos and companies willing to sell them. We want to build our own. Why is it that any amount of nest box plans are readily...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Cleaning Nestboxes

    Hi Pete If you are worried about disturbing them then you would be OK to leave them for this year. However, if they are only using the boxes to roost in it may be possible to have a quick visit to the boxes during the morning, remove any old material, give the boxes a quick shake out to remove anything...
  • Forum Thread: Duck House

    I am not standing as a MP but I am building a floating duck house as a present for a friend, THe house will be 'moored' on a small river where there are lots of ducks. What size do I need to make the house for mallards? What size should the door be? I have started the platform (all recycled...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Swifts nicked sparrows nest!!!

    Swifts do come into conflict with house sparrows and starlings as they are all competing for a diminishing resource, cavities in roof space. If the house sparrows have taken over a historic nesting site of swifts, then when the swifts arrive in May, you have a battle on your hands. From what I have read...
  • Forum Thread: Blue tits starting an new nest - questions

    A couple of years ago I bought a nest box with a camera installed - I fitted it to the wall and waited ... and waited .... this year we were delighted to see there was an occupant - a blue tit had started bring in bits of moss and hopefule (she) will be building a full blown nest with eggs As we are...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Do starlings breed in the UK in a nest box on a house?

    Great idea, starlings will take to nesting boxes and will be prospecting right now! Although they can be noisy and boisterous they are a species in decline and in need of nesting sites. A wall is a good place as is an exposed tree trunk, aim for at least 3 m high and try to face the entrance hole (45...
  • Forum Thread: Helping Mallards nesting in Kent.

    Hi all, I live on a houseboat on the Medway estuary, Kent. Yesterday we noticed our resident mallard has a new broad of 7 chicks, unfortunately though last year we only saw the chicks for a couple of days and each day it was distressing to notice the number of chicks get less and less :( I'm wondering...
  • Forum Thread: Best Bird House Designs

    Normal 0 21 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Hello, My name is Robert Sullivan and I am an American Peace Corps volunteer serving in Bulgaria. Specifically I work at Nature Park Bulgarka. The park where I work wishes...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Swallows - very upset

    I agree, it would be best to leave them to it this season, as distressing as it is natural competition for sites occurs all over the world. You could consider putting up some artificial nesting boxes for both the sparrows and the swallows , if they have lots of alternative nesting sites the competition...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Nest Boxes and Snails

    I have seen this before, it looked like the snails had gone over the box but not inside, i had a look around but could see no immediate sign of the culprit. However, i have subsequently found snails on the wall even higher than the box which was mounted at just over two metres. I'm guessing the snail...
  • Forum Thread: Nest Box Hygiene

    Last year we enjoyed watching a family of Great Tits using the next box outside our kitchen window for the first time in years. Over the weekend I though I would clean it out as I had heard it was better to start empty every year. The nest was built out of moss and hair so I showed it to my 15 year old...
  • Forum Reply: Re: nosey starlings ?

    The starling is a hole nesting bird so there is the possibility that it is prospecting for a suitable site to nest next spring. Starlings are a red listed species due to recent population declines and one of the factors that may be involved with their decline is a lack of suitable nesting sites. You...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Roosting pockets and nest boxes!!!

    Hi there Nesting boxes provide a safe over night roosting place for many species, blue, great and coal tits and sparrows are perhaps the most common birds to take advantage of these boxes. Roosting pockets provide ideal overnight shelter for wrens, especially when tucked into the foliage of a hedge...
  • Forum Thread: Cleaning Nestboxes

    Hi I am wanting to clean my nest boxes but at least three of them (3 of 4 that can be seen from the living room) are still being visited occasionally during the day (2 by tree sparrows and 1 by starlings). If I clean them now I am worried about disrupting their night time roosting. Should I just...
  • Forum Thread: absent bullfinches?????

    lately i haven`t seen a single 1 bully, a few month ago i saw a pair everyday. but now nothing....whats wrong? any1 got any bullfinch pics? i think they are so pretty (even the boy lol). is there anything i can do to attract them more? any advice tips taken on bored, i am a novice when it comes to anything...