Clean out bird boxes
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