The emergence of snow drops is a sure sign that spring is on its way, yet the recent snow and icy mornings is a reminder that we still have several more weeks until we start seeing true signs of the season change. We may still be in winter mode; spending our days huddled by the radiator, yet many of our feathered friends are already seeking nesting spots with their mates!
According to the British Trust of Ornithology (BTO) our garden birds have suffered a decline in nesting sites as we have an increasing tendency to tidy up gardens and renovate houses, leaving less nooks and crannies for birds such as robins, starlings, great tits, blue tits and marsh tits to nest.
The lovely people at Living With Birds sent me one of these amazing boxes to put up in the wood. The box has a pre-drilled hole meaning it can be hung within minutes.
I chose to put it on a tree close by the bedroom windows so we can, hopefully, get a great view of the future occupiers raising their chicks from the house. Of course, I shall be posting updates in the coming months and, fingers crossed, will manage to snap some pictures of chicks being fed.
To celebrate National Nest Box week which takes place between 14th and 21st February, Living With Birds and The Thrifty Magpies Nest have collaborated to give one lucky winner of the giveaway below, an official cedar wood National Nest Box Week nest box. The box is worth £22.95 and is constructed of hard wearing cedar wood that will last for years.
The giveaway is open to UK mainland residents only. Good luck!