RSPB launches box-clever cam­paign

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update -

Peo­ple are be­ing urged to put up nest boxes in their gar­dens in time for the bird breed­ing sea­son.

But the RSPB is warn­ing that un­suit­able boxes can put birds in dan­ger.

The char­ity is ask­ing peo­ple to avoid pur­chas­ing or mak­ing po­ten­tially dan­ger­ously de­signed bird boxes, and en­sure they choose the right shape, size and ma­te­rial of nest box.

Some nest boxes that might look like quirky ad­di­tions to your gar­den could be dan­ger­ous for young birds for a num­ber of rea­sons.

Ce­ramic and bright­ly­coloured de­signs are com­pletely un­suit­able for nest­ing birds as they’re poorly in­su­lated and do not make the box in­con­spic­u­ous to preda­tors.

Nest boxes with metal roofs re­tain too much heat and can have fa­tal ef­fects for baby birds on warm, sunny days. Metal and plas­tic nest boxes also suf­fer from con­den­sa­tion, caus­ing baby birds to get damp and cold.

RSPB wildlife ad­viser Ben An­drew said: “Rather than choos­ing un­usual de­signs and ma­te­ri­als, peo­ple should stick to tra­di­tional, wooden nest boxes. They re­ally are the best and of­ten the most cost­ef­fec­tive.”

For more ad­vice and a step-tostep guide on mak­ing your own nest box, visit www.rspb.org.uk/ makea­home­for­wildlife.

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