Haith's Wildlife Blog:
Feeders and nest boxes. People put them up and then are disappointed when nothing seems to be eating or nesting. So, they E Mail me or collar me in the street and ask what are they doing wrong?
Great Tits, Blue Tits and Coal Tits, all live in holes. Long Tailed Tits don’t. Frankly, they are a law unto themselves. Although they form flocks in winter they are often paired up before the end of January and start nest building way before any of their relations. And what a nest!
No garden should be devoid of nest boxes, especially if there aren’t any trees with “natural” holes and hollows in them.
Putting up nest boxes in or around your garden has to be a good idea, both for the birds and for yourself. I am sure that any of you who has been able to follow the fortunes of Tits, Robins, Starlings, or Wrens that have chosen to rear their families in a custom built home provided by you, will agree that you are likely to be totally captivated by your very own avian soap opera.