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New Year DIY projects – Bird boxes

Bird Boxes

This is a great time to plan where to put up bird boxes and what kind of birds you would like to attract to your garden or neighbourhood.

community nest building event at Accordia, Cambridge 4 February 2012

community nest building event at Accordia, Cambridge 4 February 2012

At this time of the year it is easier to see birds due to the lack of foliage.  It’s especially easier to see garden birds if you put bird feed out on a regular basis.  In the springtime, these birds will be looking for nesting sites, and reclaimed wood (especially 18mm WBP plywood) is excellent for making bird boxes to suit a wide range of garden birds.

Cambridge wood works - community nest building project

Cambridge wood works - community nest building project

If you have woodland nearby, you may also have habitat suitable for Tawny Owls and Barn Owls.  Barn Owls in particular need as much help as possible as their numbers are in serious decline.  Again for these birds rugged and reliable nesting boxes can be made from reclaimed pallet wood, 18mm WBP Plywood and other suitable waste wood.  It’s well worth considering putting these kinds of bird boxes up if you have a suitable nesting site.  The Tawny Owl box (below, right) is quite simple to make, the Barn Owl box (below, left) is more complicated.  The three designs of bird boxes shown below are all standard models made with reference to guidance provided by the RSPB.

Bird boxes made from reclaimed wood

A selection of Bird boxes made from reclaimed wood

If you are planning a community nest building event please do get in touch.  We can provide everything from the raw materials to ready-to-assemble kits to fully assembled bird boxes and can facilitate the nest building sessions for you.  There are few things more satisfying than seeing bird boxes you have made from reclaimed waste wood being used for nesting by your local wild birds.

(link via image to http://cww.cambridgewoodfuel.co.uk/index.php/2012/02/community-nest-building-events/ )

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