Robins and blackbirds seem like the commonest of garden species, yet all of our wild birds need help. It’s a pleasure to see them pecking at food and to hear them singing away, but one of their greatest threats is loss of habitat, and with that loss of suitable breeding sites. These birds normally select low-down, out of the way locations, often behind dense ivy or tucked into thick shrubs. Try to locate the open fronted nest box in this kind of a location. Low-nesting birds are particularly vulnerable to predators, especially cats. Try to locate the box somewhere that’s safe from predators in a private spot. Blackbirds and robins in particular may seem like quite tame garden birds but when it comes to raising their young they want somewhere that’s discreet. It’s tempting to put a birdbox somewhere where it can easily be observed, but this means it’s less likely to be used by the birds. The pleasure is seeing them making off with a beak-full of worms, and hear the frenzied cheaping of hungry nestlings. The best bit of all is seeing the fledged youngsters making their first forages out of the nest box. So if you can’t see them in the box itself, it’s a good thing, so long as it’s being used!
Where should the open fronted nest box be located?
This box must be erected low down, between 30cm and 1m, and somewhere sheltered by undergrowth.
How can I attract these birds into my garden?
Robins, blackbirds and wrens like to eat suet and mealworms. Leave these out on the ground to attract these species in. However make sure you put them somewhere away from where predators such as cats can lie in wait for them. In addition you can put out bird nest wool in the spring to give them material to line their nests with natural insulation material to make them snug and warm.