National Nest Box Week
Give a bird a home
Encouraging birds into your garden is simple and very rewarding. You might decide to buy a box or build one but why not give it a go and get spotting some beautiful birds? You can also register for the BBC Breathing Places Nest Box Challenge.
BBC Tees have teamed up with BBC Breathing Places to help to monitor the breeding success of birds in our area.
By simply putting up nest boxes in your garden and local area you can really make a difference and help promote the conservation of breeding birds and wildlife.
All you have to do is place your nest box in a suitable location in your garden and record the birds you see using it - take pictures, or make notes and let BBC Tees know what you spot.
Putting together the bird box
The choice of nest boxes is endless, so as well as giving a bird a home you can also make a design choice for your garden. Garden centres and nature reserves sell wooden boxes of all shapes and sizes from specially made robin boxes to multi level homes. You can paint a new box or smarten up an old box and customise it to fit in with your garden design. Or you could make one from scratch by following our simple online guide.
Many natural bird nesting sites, such as holes in trees and buildings, are fast disappearing as gardens and woodland become smaller.
Putting up your nest box is really only half the fun - to get the most out of it, take up the Nest Box Challenge and help us to monitor the breeding success of birds in Britain's green spaces.
Become a BBC Tees 'Nest Box' Reporter and keep us updated about the birds that make their home in your garden by sending your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
last updated: 26/02/2009 at 10:44