National Nest Box Week (NNBW) runs from 14th February to 21st February. The aim of NNBW is to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their garden, allotment or local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife. Being a big fan of helping wildlife I provide nest boxes in my garden and at my allotment, but I confess to not knowing about National Nest Box Week until now. Gasp!
Here are a few facts about National Nest Box Week:
- NNBW is organised each year by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Britain’s leading bird research charity, whose work primarily involves studying the populations of our common and garden birds.
- NNBW takes place each year from 14-21 February, and after 10 years it is now an established part of the ornithological calendar.
- The founding sponsor and co-organiser of NNBW is Jacobi Jayne & Co., Britain’s nest box specialists, who created the idea of National Nest Box Week together with the late Chris Mead of the BTO.
To get involved and contribute to the conservation effort in the UK, simply put a bird box in your garden or any other place that you can, monitor your box and take part in the Nest Box Challenge during early spring by recording your findings online (something else I’d never heard about before, double gasp!). http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/nbc
Make your own bird/nest box using these plans: http://www.bto.org/nnbw/make.htm
To find out more about National Nest Box Week visit: http://www.bto.org/nnbw/index.htm