Clean out bird boxes

Gardeners' World - - What To Do Now -

Pre­pare nest boxes ready for next spring’s nest­ing ac­tiv­ity. If you leave them, pests such as mites can build up and af­fect the young chicks, so clean the box by brush­ing out the old nest ma­te­rial. Ster­ilise with boil­ing wa­ter, but don’t use any clean­ing chem­i­cals. Nest boxes rot over time, so make sure the perches are se­cure, the struc­ture is good and the roof is wa­ter­tight be­fore fix­ing back into place. Birds ex­plore po­ten­tial sites early so get this done now to gain feath­ered res­i­dents next spring.

Brush out old nests and ster­ilise the box with boil­ing wa­ter

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