Cleaning out birdboxes

We spent today cleaning out birdboxes at Penshaw Wood…

The birdboxes were used earlier this year for nesting birds such as Blue Tit, Great Tit and Coal Tit. CLICK HERE for more information on our birdbox surveys carried out in spring.

We cleaned them out today because birds, like all living creatures, can make a mess in a birdbox. They often bring all kinds of vegetation into the box for the soul aim to keep their brood as safe and warm as possible. However, during any breeding season a nest box can attract all manner of creatures and parasites. These can then fester on dead or decaying material. This can then pose a threat to any new nesting birds – which obviously we don’t want! We did this today as it is required to be carried out outside of the bird breeding season which is between August and January.

Inside one of the birdboxes

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Chris | National Trust

Chris | National Trust

 

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