This week has been national bird box week, which aims to raise awareness for the importance of providing nesting habitat for the UK’s bird population. This is particularly important as there is a serious shortage of suitable nesting sites.
Last year we put five owl boxes up on trees across our farm in Egerton, with a view to support the local Tawny, Little Owl and Barn Owl populations. This year we will be putting up eight tree sparrow boxes, as they have seen a 93% decline between 1970 and 2008. We are lucky enough to have a small colony and want to see them flourish in the future.
It’s great to see how much difference a simple nest box can make, and we’d encourage people to make their own efforts.