Help birds find garden shelter this winter

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Many of us feed the wild birds in our garden but it is also vital that they can find suitable shelter when breeding.

Siting nest boxes in your garden can provide clean, warm environments for many species to start their families. CJ Wildlife, established experts in wild bird care, offer a wide range of bird boxes that offer maximum protection and durability, creating perfect homes for our feathered friends.

With the annual ‘National Nest Box Week’ running from February 14 to 21 this is the perfect time of year to site a nest box in your garden. The event is to encourage everyone to put up a nest box in their local area and help in the conservation and breeding of British wild birds.

CJ Wildlife Advice Manager, Martin George, explained “Although the start of the breeding season is still a few weeks away, siting a nest box at this time of year means that the birds will become familiar with it and include it in their territories. They also make nice warm roosting sites during the colder months so it may well get used before the breeding season begins.”

Traditionally nest boxes are made from wood but they are also produced using other materials. CJ Wildlife offer a range made from a mix of wood and concrete to offer a longer lifespan and maximum insulation.

It is the opening on the nest box that determines which bird it will appeal to most, with Blue Tits, Great Tits and Willow Tits preferring a smaller entrance between 25-28mm whereas Robins, Wrens and Blackbirds prefer a large section of the front to be completely open.

When setting up nest boxes location is key. Like us, birds are looking for a home that is safe, secure and warm so position your nest boxes at a height between 1.5m and 5.5m (out of the reach of predators), away from prevailing winds and direct sunlight.

CJ Wildlife has a range of nest boxes suitable for a variety of species to ensure that all your garden birds are well cared for across the seasons. Visit www.birdfood.co.uk or call Freephone 0800 731 2820 to request a Free handbook of garden wildlife.