SERIOUS MONDAY: BIRD BOXES TO RESCUE DECLINING SPECIES

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Brits are being encouraged to bring bird boxes back into their gardens to help some of the nation’s favourite species.

Many natural nest sites have disappeared and this is being partly blamed for the dramatic drop in native birds.

Populations of the house sparrow and starling, for example, once amongst our most common garden birds, have plummeted in the past 30 years.

It is estimated that starlings have declined by more than 70 per cent and sparrows by 64 per cent and both are now on the list of Species of Conservation Concern.

More than a hundred bird species are already happily using nesting boxes and householders are being urged to put up a bird box during National Nest Box Week which runs until February 21.

David Leech, of the British Trust for Ornithology, said: “We can really help these birds by the simple action of putting up nest boxes and giving them the space they need to raise a family. You don’t need a large garden in the countryside; even the smallest town garden has room for a nest.”

And, if you can manage to get a fixed camera in there, so much the better because you’ll be able to get great close ups of any feathered friends that move in.

Susan

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