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    A Guide to Bird Boxes

    ArticleBird AdviceThursday 09 December 2010
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    Bird Box Information Guide

    Most bird boxes are made from wood however they can be made from plastic or metal but these are really not suitable because the bird box will overheat in the sun.

    Bird nesting boxes attract birds to a particular area they may be wanted in and they help to keep them safe from predators therefore helping to preserve endangered species.

    If there is a specific type of bird that you wish to attract to your bird box then you need to research what kind of materials the box should be made out of and what size it should be.

    You do not need to line the box with anything because the bids will do this themselves especially as it comes up to nesting time. You may notice them collecting grass and leaves to stuff the box with so it may be helpful if you leave some grass cuttings on the lawn, some birds will even collect pet fur.

    You will need to think about protecting your bird nest box from rodents such as mice and squirrels who will try to steal eggs. You can protect your nesting birds by making sure that the hole is not so big that intruders can get in and by putting the box high up where it would be hard for other animals to get to.

    Try to position the box in place which is neither in sun nor shade all day and do not put it in a place where there could be danger to the birds (such as next to fence where a cat lives.)

    You should never try to disturb the birds or the bird nesting box. If you try to change something about the bird box it is probable that the birds will never come back

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