From Saturday 25th January to Monday 27th January, the RSPB is running its annual Big Garden Bird Watch.
The conservation charity wants to encourage all of us to take a moment to identify and count the birds which are visiting our gardens, local parks or nature reserves.
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How and when to clean out a garden bird nest box
If you get a lovely sunny weekend in November, it’s a great time to get out into the garden and clean out your nest boxes. Bird Protection Law allows us to clear nests between 1st September and 31st January only. And if you do it now, then you provide yet another habitat because new birds may use the box to roost in over winter to stay dry and warm.
All wildlife habitats should be checked annually for any damage or deterioration. Re-paint with water-based paints, tighten loose fixings or make repairs as necessary to keep the habitat in safe and well-maintained condition, as you would your own home space. Clean out bird houses in Autumn and clean & sterilise bird feeders, tables and bird baths regularly to maintain good bird hygiene.