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Nesting boxes

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 13:15

No need to put anything in the nest box, the birds will only remove it anyway. If you think its sited in an inappropriate place then now would be a good time to move it (if unoccupied) so birds come familiar with it in time for next year.

Nesting boxes

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 10:02

The best time of day to install a kettle nest box is at tea time.

Nesting boxes

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 00:18

One of the tit boxes that has been used in my garden is facing north, the other is facing east. South facing boxes can overheat if they are in the sun all day. Drill some small holes in the base to help with ventilation and to let deal with any water ingress.

I have fitted sparrow terrace nest boxes to the side of m house which are facing west, but are in shade from the house next door. That are new and haven't been used yet as far as I know.

Nesting boxes

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 20:29

I once watched a wren enter the tit box, only to find a tit already in there. Both flew out is shock.

Nesting boxes

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 18:13

Leave it empty, let the birds do their thing. They may only remove anything you put in anyway. Some creeping planting such as clematis, honeysuckle would help make  the box look more secreted. Also check the size of the hole, make sure its large enough for tits.

Nesting boxes

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 20:28

Tits are happily feeding on the live mini mealworms and taking them straight to the nest

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/_DSC0859_zpsgvfpr1xk.jpg

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/_DSC0870_zps5j5fct2u.jpg

 

 

No plum blossom

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 21:39

I have a 5yr old Victoria plum tree which is usually laden with fruit each year. Im pretty sure they self pollinate, so don't rely upon neighbouring fruit trees to pollinate them. Though I do believe fruit trees can often miss fruiting on some years.

Nesting boxes

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 21:28

Our nest boxes are in use again this year. The tit box on my garden shed is occupied and the parents are back and forth feeding young (click on photos to enlarge)..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/_DSC0809_zpseuafewy2.jpg

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/_DSC0798_zpsu8fwki4s.jpg

 

An open fronted nest box on the back of my garage is occupied by a blackbird sitting on eggs. She abandoned this last year, fingers crossed for this brood..

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/_DSC0816_zps27wdekaa.jpg

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/_DSC0762_zpsryq6nq7l.jpg

Ive started putting live mini mealworms out for them and Ive put a guard around the bird table to stop the pigeons pinching them all...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/_DSC0806_zps5taeothl.jpg

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/_DSC0820_zps23bt9xwf.jpg

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/_DSC0826_zps50oyjzox.jpg

 

New nestbox

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 19:10

Very nice, but it doesn't look very secure just hung from a hook, it really need screwing down so it can't move.

Weed killing before turfing

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 22:20

When I last laid a new turf lawn I used weed killer on the weeds and waited a few days for it to have effect before lifting the turf. I then raked it level and left it bare soil for a few days to see if any weeds re-emerged, and treated accordingly with weed killer again. This allowed me to also see if any pooling formed when it rained, and I could fill any low areas with soil, before finally laying new turf.

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