Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Is it a bird, is it a box?

Fashion versus function - a statement that can be applied to almost anything. Now, however, it has been applied to nestboxes. Retail outlets, including many garden centres, are selling nestboxes that are, to be truthful, ornaments rather than functional bird nesting boxes. The RSPB have warned against purchasing these items as nestboxes as they can be deathtraps - tin roofs can fry nestlings if the box is placed in direct sunlight, ceramic boxes do not give proper insulation and colourful boxes could invite predators simply as they investigate what they are actually seeing. Good timing. With the BTO Nestbox challenge starting next week it would be nice to get everyone using a nestbox 'fit for purpose'.

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