RSPB launches box-clever campaign
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.