Haith's Wildlife Blog https://www.haiths.com/ Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.haiths.com/ en hourly 1 Spring bird watching https://www.haiths.com/spring-bird-watching/ https://www.haiths.com/spring-bird-watching/#comments Weds, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Angela and Chris https://www.haiths.com/spring-bird-watching/ Spring is a special time of the year for watching birds in your garden, as they start to prepare for the breeding season. Spring is a special time of the year for watching birds in your garden, as they start to prepare for the breeding season.<br/>The winter gives way to spring, and as daylight hours begin to lengthen this tells the male songbird to embark on his courting. From early spring you will notice your garden birds increasing the volume of their song &ndash; a sure sign that they are singing to find a mate.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blogt_robi/">Robins</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blackbird/">Blackbirds</a></strong> build nests and lay eggs earlier than other birds, so they may even have young chicks by early spring. Others won&rsquo;t start nesting until later in the season, and will then be joined by millions of migrant birds that arrive here from all around the world. This makes spring one of the most interesting times for garden birdwatching &ndash; spotting the comings and goings of summer migrants.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> So, what visitors can you look out for?<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Goldfinch" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Goldfinch(6).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/goldfinch/">Goldfinches</a></strong> are resident in the UK however many of our goldfinches migrate during winter as far south as Spain and return in the spring. A colourful little bird it is instantly noticeable by its yellow wing patch and bright red face. These gorgeous birds will visit bird tables and feeders for small seeds especially <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/niger-seed-wbst01009/">niger</a></strong>.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/niger-seed-wbst01009/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Niger Seed" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Niger-Seed(16).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/nightingale/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Nightingale" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Nightingale(1).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> A very secretive bird but with a famous song. Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex are home to the largest number of <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/nightingale/">nightingales</a></strong> in the UK. They are summer visitors and start arriving in April until September when they leave for warmer climates in Africa. Usually nesting in dense bushes and thickets you may catch a sighting in your garden if you have substantial hedgerows. <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/chaffinch/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Chaffinch" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Chaffinch(4).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> This is a regular garden bird throughout the year and feeds on insects and seeds. It can usually be seen foraging on the ground looking for insects, spiders, fruit, and berries. <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/blue-tit/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Blue tit" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Blue-Tit(5).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> One of our most colourful garden visitors. With its yellow, blue, white and green plumage, it is both vibrant and distinguishable. They are frequent visitors to parks, gardens and woodland all year round but spring is a great time of year to see them as they start nest building in late March. Will visit bird tables for wheat, seeds, insects and also peanut feeders. <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/live-mealworms/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Mealworms" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Live-mealworms(9).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> This distinctive bird returns to the UK in April and May. A swift&rsquo;s plumage looks all black but has a small pale patch on the throat, which is more noticeable in young birds. Usually travelling in groups they are very sociable birds and like to nest in nest boxes and small holes, it feeds on the wing, taking only insects from ground level to 1,000ft - so why not put up a nest box to increase your chances of them visiting your garden this spring.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> During the breeding season, our garden birds use up a lot of energy defending their territory, building nests, laying eggs and finding food for hungry chicks. We can all help our feathered friends stay healthy at this time of year by keeping our feeders filled up with good quality bird food.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Call to action" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-range-of-bird-foods(36).jpg" /></a></div> 0 The Chaffinch https://www.haiths.com/the-chaffinch/ https://www.haiths.com/the-chaffinch/#comments Thurs, 07 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Tina Jakes https://www.haiths.com/the-chaffinch/ The Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) is a common and widespread small bird in the finch family. The male is brightly coloured with a blue-grey cap and reddish underparts. The Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) is a common and widespread small bird in the finch family. The male is brightly coloured with a blue-grey cap and reddish underparts.<br/>The female is a bit duller in colour but both have white on the wings and sides to the tail. The male bird has a strong voice and sings from exposed perches to attract a mate.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Chaffinch" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Blog_826.jpg" /></div> <br /> It is one of the most common bird species in the UK and one of the top 10 most reported birds in the garden and during the winter the numbers increase as many of them come to Britain to escape bitter winters in Europe, and then they return during the spring.<br /> <br /> The chaffinch prefers the open woodland and forges on the ground, as well as hedgerows and gardens, and can be seen in many parks amongst the trees, shrubs and plants which provide a rich habitat for birdlife. Also, you may be lucky and spot them hopping around these areas or perched on a branch or even under hedges.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> They are known to be a tame bird and a regular visitor to the bird table and by providing them with seeds, berries or some kind of suet will give them the goodness they need. <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/golden-chorus/">Haiths Golden Chorus &trade;</a></strong> is a great wholesome soft food and as soon as you open this delicious bag the enjoyment begins and you will love the aromatic blend of rowan and juniper berries in a crumbly moist mix (which is 100% edible). This lovely food can be fed from a bird table, ground feeder or even sprinkled on the ground.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/golden-chorus/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Golden Chorus" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Golden-Chorus(12).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> Another popular source of food for <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/chaffinch/">Chaffinches</a></strong> is the <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/suet-pellet-extra/">Berry flavoured suet pellets</a></strong> these small pieces of suet are easy for birds to feast upon and work a treat when scattered on the ground. They also provide them with essential high-energy protein to keep them on flying, and the birds will absolutely love them.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/suet-pellet-extra/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Berry Suet pellets" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Berry-Suet-Pellets-Extra(2).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/suet-for-birds-and-fat-balls/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Click to view our range of suet " src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/View-our-suet-range(2).jpg" /><span style="font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"></a></span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/"></div> <div><img alt="Call to action " src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-range-of-bird-foods(33).jpg" /></a></div> 0 Bird life in March https://www.haiths.com/bird-life-in-march/ https://www.haiths.com/bird-life-in-march/#comments Weds, 06 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Angela and Chris https://www.haiths.com/bird-life-in-march/ March usually brings the start of the naturalist’s year. There can be days when the skies are still heavy and dull but other days when the sun comes out and birds burst into song. It’s a great sign of things to come. March usually brings the start of the naturalist’s year. There can be days when the skies are still heavy and dull but other days when the sun comes out and birds burst into song. It’s a great sign of things to come.<br/>Around mid-month you may see the lovely male <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/lapwing/">Lapwings</a></strong> start their aerial tumbling display. This familiar plover can usually be seen on farmland, low moorland and on the edges of large lakes searching for worms and insects. Unfortunately, due to serious declines, it is now a Red List species. <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/lapwing/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Lapwing" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/lapwing(1).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> This is the time of year when <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/greenfinch/">Greenfinches</a></strong> will start to sing. This beautiful finch is a truly colourful bird with its flash of yellow and green as it flies. It is a regular garden visitor and will come to a bird table for seed, especially <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/black-sunflower/">black sunflower</a></strong>. It is common all over Britain and can be seen in parks and gardens. Listen out for its song which is very canary-like.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/greenfinch/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Greenfinch" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/greenfinch(5).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: sans-serif, Arial, Verdana, &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/black-sunflower/"></span><br /> <img alt="Black Sunflower Hearts" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Black-Sunflower-Seed(5).jpg" /> <div style="font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; font-family: sans-serif, Arial, Verdana, &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;; font-size: 13px; text-align: center;"></a></div> </div> &nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/chaffinch/">Chaffinches</a> are surprisingly one of the commonest birds in the UK and can be seen in just about every habitat we have. The end of the month is when it will start to build its nest of moss, interwoven with grass and roots and lined with hair and feathers. You may catch a glimpse of it as it forages on the ground searching for spiders, insects, and fruit. Quite tame, it will also visit your bird table for a wide variety of seeds and suet.&nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/chaffinch/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Chaffinch" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Chaffinch(3).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> It is not until the end of the month when we can look forward to the return of the first of the summer migrants like Wheatears and Chiffchaffs.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The March sunshine certainly does bring a change in bird activity. And although weather wise it can be an inconsistent month, there is a promise of spring days to come.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Call to action" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-range-of-bird-foods(35).jpg" /></a></div> 0 Attracting Blue Tits to your garden https://www.haiths.com/attracting-blue-tits-to-your-garden-/ https://www.haiths.com/attracting-blue-tits-to-your-garden-/#comments Mon, 04 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Tina Jakes https://www.haiths.com/attracting-blue-tits-to-your-garden-/ The Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) is a very small passerine bird and is a member of the Tit family (Paridae). The Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) is a very small passerine bird and is a member of the Tit family (Paridae).<br/>They can easily be identified as it is the only tit with a blue wing, tail and crown. It has a yellow chest and a black line runs through the eye, around the nape and cheeks. A white border surrounds the blue crown, while the back is a greenish colour, with yellow colouration on the rump. The bill is black with a brownish tip; legs are a deep slate blue.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/blue-tit/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Blue Tit image" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Blog_823(1).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> This common attractive little bird is always welcome in our gardens and you will always see it hanging on feeders of all descriptions and even feeding on the bird tables. They are very fond of <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanuts-premium-quality/">Peanuts</a></strong>, Insects, <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/mealworms/">Mealworms</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blogfoodhuskfreemixes/">Huskfree Advance</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/high-energy-suet-cakes/">Suet Cakes</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/small-fat-balls/">Fatballs</a></strong>; they&#39;re not too fussy and will quite happily take whatever is offered. At one time they were known for piercing foil milk bottle tops to get at the cream.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/peanuts-premium-quality/"><img alt="Peanuts" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Peanuts-Premium-Quality(13).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/live-mealworms/"></div> <div><img alt="Livefoods" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Live-mealworms(8).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/huskfree-advance/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Huskfree Advance" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-range-of-huskfree-bird-foods(2).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/high-energy-suet-cakes/"><br /> <img alt="Suet Cakes" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-to-buy-suet-cakes.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/small-fat-balls/"></div> <div><img alt="Suet fat balls" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Fat-Balls.jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> The <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/blue-tit/">Blue Tit</a></strong> has high mortality especially during harsher winters and really benefits from the food we provide.&nbsp; Also by having a nest box in your garden will give the birds a sheltered warm place especially if you line it with some wood shaving or nesting material. Blue Tits will readily take too closed in nest boxes with a 25mm diameter entrance hole and at Haiths we do a nest box which is just ideal for them. <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/new-england-nest-box/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="New England Nest Box" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/New-england-nest-box(1).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> We are particularly lucky at present to have a high population of Blue Tits which is thought to be due to un-natural survival through the beneficial effects of our winter bird feeding and with our help we can make sure they have enough food and water to drink and bathe in during the cold weather. By watching these sweet little birds they can bring a lot of enjoyment.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/nest-boxes/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Nest Boxes" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Nest-boxes(3).jpg" /></a></div> 0 A guide to choosing a nest box https://www.haiths.com/nest-box-guide/ https://www.haiths.com/nest-box-guide/#comments Mon, 04 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Angela and Chris https://www.haiths.com/nest-box-guide/ There are few things more satisfying or entertaining than having birds take to a nest box that you have put up. Ideally, no garden should be devoid of a bird house (or two), especially if there aren’t any trees with “natural” hollows. Why not save the birds some time and trouble by providing a ready to move into nest box? There are few things more satisfying or entertaining than having birds take to a nest box that you have put up. Ideally, no garden should be devoid of a bird house (or two), especially if there aren’t any trees with “natural” hollows. Why not save the birds some time and trouble by providing a ready to move into nest box?<br/><u><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Giant Robin Nester</span></strong></u><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/giant-robin-nester/"><img alt="Giant Robin Nester" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Giant-Robin-Nester(4).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> Our new nest box range includes the Giant Robin Nester. It&#39;s not for giant Robins, though. It&#39;s made from brushwood with a strong sturdy inner frame and has internal fixing loops. Small garden birds (the size of Robins and wagtails) prefer an open-fronted nest box. With a height of 250mm and being 160mm wide, it will make a cosy home.<br /> <br /> <br /> <u><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Antique Cream/Grey Nest Box</span></strong></u><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/antique-cream/grey-nest-box/"><img alt="Antique Cream/Grey Nest box" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Antique-cream-and-grey-nest-box(1).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> If you have a modern stylish garden, the Antique Cream/Grey nest box is perfect as it&#39;s contemporary yet practical and safe for birds. It&#39;s suitable for any small bird - like the tit family - as it has an entrance hole of approximately 28mm, and being 28.5cm in height this is no lightweight box. It&#39;s supplied with a hanging hoop and will make a desirable property for your upwardly mobile feathered friends.<br /> <br /> <br /> <u><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Sparrow Tower</span></strong></u><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/sparrow-tower/"><img alt="Sparrow Tower" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Sparrow-Tower.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> In recent years the sparrow population has declined and one theory for this decline is the absence of traditional nesting places. This gregarious bird happily lives in colonies which is why the sparrow tower looks altogether different from standard nest boxes. This three-tier tower suits their communal living and being made from FSC certified timber it&rsquo;s been constructed with environmental issues in mind too. Three separate sections, each with their own door for ease of cleaning, make this an ideal, safe home. It&rsquo;s a spacious 51cm high and 14cm wide.<br /> <br /> <br /> <u><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Giant Bird Nester<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/giant-bird-nester/"></span></strong></u><img alt="Giant Bird Nester" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Giant-Bird-Nester(4).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> If the rustic, natural look is what you&rsquo;re after then our new Giant Bird Nester is both traditional looking, naturally inspired, and practical. The small round entrance has a rattan doorstep which doubles up as a landing platform and a porch, which is designed to keep rain away from the entrance hole. Perfect for roosting or nesting small birds and at 250mm high this gorgeous nest will look natural in your garden and makes a great home for the breeding season.<br /> <br /> <br /> <u><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Tit Family Nest Box<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/tit-family-28mm-nest-box/"></span></strong></u><img alt="Tit Family Nest Box" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Tit-family-nest-box(1).jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> If more traditional nest boxes are more your style then our Classic Robin Open Bird House, Tit Family Nest Box and Open Robin Nest Box could be for you. Both Robin Nest Boxes are also suitable for wrens, blackbirds, and pied wagtails. The 28mm Tit Family Nest Box has the added benefit of a side opening for cleaning and will also help to attract house and tree sparrows.<br /> <br /> <br /> <u><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Ceramic Swallow Nest<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/ceramic-swallow-bowl-/"></span></strong></u><img alt="Ceramic Swallow Nest" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Ceramic-Swallow-Nest.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> If Swallows nest nearby it&#39;s easy to help them find a safe home with a Ceramic Swallow Nest. Made from unglazed ceramic with an FSC timber mounting board. Please note that this should be sited as high up as possible; inside buildings such as porches and barns with an unobstructed access through doors or windows. Swallows are sociable birds but if you purchase more than one please place no closer than one metre apart. Our Swallow nest is 130mm high, 210mm wide and 120mm deep, a sturdy nest box that should see Swallows returning every year.<br /> <br /> <br /> <u><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Ceramic House Martin Bowl<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/ceramic-house-martin-bowl-/"></span></strong></u><img alt="House Martin Bowl" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/House-Martins.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> Our Ceramic House Martin Bowl are made from ceramic and mounted on an FSC timber board. These should be placed on north and east facing walls, placed in groups under the horizontal or sloping eaves of houses or barns.<br /> <br /> <br /> <u><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Schwegler Double House Martin Nest<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/schwegler-house-martin-nest/"></span></strong></u><img alt="Schwegler House Martin Nest" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Schwegler-House-Martin-Nest.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> Our double Schwegler House Martin Nest is a bowl-shaped nest made of air permeable wood-concrete and a backing board made of exterior grade, formaldehyde-free chipboard to prevent warping. Again, this should be placed as high as possible under the eaves of your house. At &pound;29.95 you will not be disappointed as if they use it they&#39;ll probably come back every year, imagine that!<br /> <br /> <br /> <u><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Schwegler Spherical Wren House<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/schwegler-spherical-wren-house/"></span></strong></u><img alt="Schwegler Spherical Wren House" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Schwegler-Spherical-Wren-House.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> Wrens are one of Haith&rsquo;s favourite birds and we have the perfect home for them to nest in. The Schwegler Spherical Wren House with its speckled exterior blends well with garden foliage providing a well-hidden nest site. For Wrens, place near the ground in hedges or bushes but for other birds that nest in holes and cavities. Made from woodcrete this will last for years. Its measurements are diameter: approx 18.5cm, width of entry hole: 30x27mm, cable length: approx 20cm.<br /> <br /> <br /> <u><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Schwegler Open Fronted Next Box<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/schwegler-openfronted-robin-box/"></span></strong></u><img alt="Schwegler Open-Fronted Nest Box " src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Schwegler-Open-Fronted-Robin-Nest-Box.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> Another two products of our Schwegler range are the Open Fronted Robin Box and the Schwegler 32mm Nest Box. The robin box is a robust brown and white design and is also suitable for blackbirds, flycatchers, pied wagtails and thrushes. The 32mm nest box is available in both green and brown, very easy to hang from a wall or tree as it comes supplied complete with aluminium nail for safe fixing. Both of these are sturdy and will not rot or warp.<br /> <br /> <br /> <u><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Classic 32mm Dark Wood Nest Box</span></strong></u><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/classic-32mm-nest-box-fsc/"><img alt="Classic 32mm Nest Box" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Classic-32mm-Nest-Box.jpg" /></a><br /> <br /> Made from FSC timber our Classic 32mm dark wood nest box has the added extra value of a multi-faced, removable front to allow access to Robins and is also suitable for Great Tits and sparrows. Measurements: 8&quot; H x 4.5&quot; D x 4.6&quot; W &ndash; a conventional simple design, this would look great in both a modern and traditional garden.<br /> <br /> There are a few rules about where to site bird houses: not where cats or squirrels can easily get at them; not in full sun - where the chicks might literally bake, and not too close together (if you are putting up more than one). And definitely never position a nest box near a bird feeder as birds will spend all their time defending their home.<br /> <br /> We recommend that you give the birds a choice and put up two or three inexpensive bird houses around the garden. It is unlikely that all of them will be occupied, but it certainly improves the chances of something moving in.<br /> <br /> Have fun and enjoy making space for nature. 0 Bring cupid to your garden during National Nest Box Week with a best box https://www.haiths.com/help-bring-cupid-to-your-garden/ https://www.haiths.com/help-bring-cupid-to-your-garden/#comments Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Angela and Chris https://www.haiths.com/help-bring-cupid-to-your-garden/ National Nest Box Week is a traditional part of the birding calendar. It runs for a week from 14th February each year. National Nest Box Week is a traditional part of the birding calendar. It runs for a week from 14th February each year.<br/><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.haiths.com/nest-boxes/"><br /> <img alt="Nest Box " src="http://www.haiths.com/images/articles/Help-birds-breed.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/nest-boxes/">National Nest Box Week</a></strong> provides a welcome focus on nesting birds and we encourage everyone to get involved and to put up nest boxes in their local area, whether you&rsquo;re a family with space for a box in your garden, a member of a local wildlife, a teacher, or you belong to a bird club.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> National Nest Box Week gives you the chance to help the conservation in the UK while you are receiving the pleasure of noticing breeding birds that are attracted to your garden.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/classic-32mm-nest-box-fsc/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Classic Nest Box" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Classic-Nest-Box(3).jpg" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> Our <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/classic-32mm-nest-box-fsc/">Classic Nest Box</a></strong> is a best-seller, made from FSC certified timber, this lovely nest box is great for attracting <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/great-tit/">Great Tits</a></strong>, Sparrows and Pied Flycatchers. It also has the added benefit of having a removable front to allow access to <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/robin/">robins</a></strong>. This basic but functional nest box would not look out of place in any style of garden.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/giant-bird-nester/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Giant Bird Nester" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Giant-Bird-Nester(6).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> If you are hoping to attract smaller nesting birds then the <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/giant-bird-nester/">Giant Bird Nester</a></strong> could be what you are looking for. It has a sturdy inner frame which supports a brushwood exterior with an integral fixing loop. It is 250mm high, 160mm wide and 170mm deep. This natural looking nest is both sturdy and practical.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/sparrow-tower/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <img alt="Sparrow Tower" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Sparrow-Tower(2).jpg" /></a><br /> &nbsp;</div> In recent years we have seen a big decline in the sparrow population and it is increasingly difficult for sparrows to find a traditional nesting place. Our stylish <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/sparrow-tower/">Sparrow Tower</a></strong> is a big 500mm tall and weighing a hefty 4.1 kg. It has a fashionable zinc roof which should keep any occupants completely dry. <div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div> &nbsp;<br /> Siting nest boxes is an important affair. The main thing to consider is protection from predators and the elements. Ideally, nest boxes should be in position by October/November as this gives them a chance to weather into their surroundings and any potential occupants to get used to them. Our advice is to put up as soon as possible if not.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Nest boxes should be fixed at around 5&rsquo; to 6&rsquo; high and out of full sun and prevailing winds. It is worth remembering though that birds nest at different heights &ndash; from ground level to treetop.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> There should be an uninterrupted flight path to the entrance of the nest box and preferably a lack of places where predators, like cats, can lie in wait.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you are lucky enough to be successful and your box becomes inhabited then please keep any inspection to a minimum and be considerate when gardening or pruning as you may reveal the nest to the local cat or other predators like rats, mice or squirrels.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/nest-boxes/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Nest Box Week" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Nest-boxes(2).jpg" /></a></div> 0