National Nest Box Week was launched, in the UK, in 1997 on a very easy date to remember. It began on Valentine’s Day! It runs every year during the same week.
Until last year, I will be honest and say I knew nothing about it! Last year was the second year I had ever put up a Nestbox. Two years ago we put up a terrace Nestbox for house sparrows which was used by a blue tit pair. Last year, as you may have already read, we put up a Nestbox with a camera in it and blue tits used it too. On their website they say:
‘National Nest Box Week takes place each year from 14-21 February to focus the nation’s attention on the provision of nest boxes for Britain’s birds and other wildlife. After 10 years it is now an established part of the ornithological calendar.’
Who runs it?
‘It is organised each year by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Britain’s leading bird research charity, whose work primarily involves studying the populations of our common and garden birds. The founding sponsor and co-organiser is Jacobi Jayne & Co., Britain’s nest box specialists, who created the idea of National Nest Box Week together with the late Chris Mead of the BTO.’
What is its aim?
‘The aim of National Nest Box Week is to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes to help our breeding birds and other wildlife.’ 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 thousands of enthusiastic naturalists across the UK have put up boxes to compensate for this loss. It is estimated that there are now 5-6 million boxes in gardens across the UK.’
What about outside the UK?
Well, that I have no idea about but I might know a few people who do. So, if you are a visitor from outside the UK I invite you to leave a comment telling me what you do in your area of the world and I’ll add a link at the end of this post.
Finally, putting up Nestboxes can really be done at any time of the year. In winter you may even get birds roosting in it as we have had. Another thought too, perhaps this would be a nice project for a group to do like a school class. I am certain every single Nestbox that is put up really does make a difference.