Avian house hunter
PUBLISHED: 17:06 02 December 2010 | UPDATED: 15:54 20 February 2013
February is a busy time of year for our garden birds with many thought to have paired up by Valentine's Day ready for the nesting season.
February is a busy time of year for our garden birds with many thought to have paired up by Valentine's Day ready for the nesting season. National Nest Box Week runs from February 14 to 21and aims to encourage more people to help the birds by providing a nest box.
By putting up a nest box and providing vital food in your garden, you can significantly help increase their survival rates. Birds are not so dissimilar to us when it comes to choosing a home - they're looking for security, safety and warmth. Please ensure that you site your nest box at a height between 1.5m and 5.5m and out of reach of cats and other predators. Try to find a shady, sheltered location avoiding prevailing winds, direct sunlight and sites facing due south. Be patient, once your nest box is in place as the birds will rarely take residence straight away. Do not be tempted to open or disturb the nest box during breeding season (February to August) as this may cause birds to abandon their eggs and young.
The rewards for creating a haven for your garden birds are endless. Once you've put your nest box up the birds will keep you entertained for hours, displaying to win a mate, scouring the garden for food to feed their hungry chicks and perhaps the most exciting spectacle, the young fledglings taking their first flight.
CJ WildBird Foods Ltd of Upton Magna is Europe's leading supplier of quality bird food and feeding products as well as manufacturing feeders, nest boxes, bird tables and feeding accessories. CJs also provide a range of other wildlife food and products. The company has been responsible for a number of significant developments, including the revolutionary 'perching ring' and the introduction of black sunflower seeds, sunflower hearts and Nyjer seed to the UK as major new bird foods. CJs works in support of the RSPCA and RHS.
For more information or to request a free Handbook of Garden Wildlife catalogue, visit www.birdfood.co.uk or call Freephone 0800 7312820.