So the weekend was full of love, for our partners, our pets, even for ourselves (we all deserve a treat or two). Whilst we were cosy and warm out of the cold, the birds in our garden were also looking for love. Traditionally, boxes for tits and other small birds are put up in early spring before the new breeding season starts. That’s why Nestbox Week begins on Valentine’s Day, when birds are reputed to start their courtship. So, there is no better time to dig out those old nextboxes you may have hidden somewhere or, to start a new project with the family and make one of your own! However if you do not fancy getting crafty but would still love to put up a little home for our garden birds, you can look at the official Nextbox Week website for tips on what to buy.
For more information and everything you need to know about National Nestbox Week, visit the official Nextbox Week website here.
Although this week is mostly based around birds get ready for the spring, here are some tips from the National RSPCA on other species you can help.
There is more advice on helping the wildlife around you, as well as a number of helpful fact sheets about different species that are common in England and Wales on the RSPCA website.