Open fronted design
Natural timber construction
Ideal for fixing in a hedge
Pitched roof for extra weather protection
Hanging hook for easy fixing
Dimensions (approx) (H x W x D): 230h x 170w x 230dï»¿
The BLN nester offer blackbirds a secure platform where they can build a nest, giving greater security to the chicks.
The solid wood nester has a pitched roof to give the nest extra protection from the weather and from predators. A useful hanging hook makes it easy to install the nester in the cover of a hedge, tree or large shrub.
The nester may also be used by other species including robins and dunnocks.
The nester should be sited in a hedge, dense shrub or tree at least 1.5 - 2.5mtrs from the ground and preferably in a place where it cannot be accessed by cats or other predators.
It should be sited facing East or SE/NE but this is not crucial if the hedge is dense.
The box should be left empty as wild birds will bring their own nest material into the cavity.
Monitoring & Inspection
The box should be watched during April/May to see if birds are visiting it. In the event that they start to nest in the box activity will increase. When eggs hatch and chicks are in the box, the parents will be seen bringing food such as grubs and insects into the box. During this time the box should be left undisturbed as any interventions may result in the nest and any eggs/young being abandoned by the parent birds.
Outside of the breeding season the box should be cleaned of any materials and disinfected with a suitable product, such as WildKleen. The most suitable time to do this is between September and February each year. Please note that blackbirds have a long breeding season and may have several broods in a year
The box does not require any external treatments.
What Species Might Use My Nest Box?
Blackbirds, dunnocks, robins
Blackbird fledglings will often leave the nest when they are not quite fully fledged and the parents will feed them on the ground - if you find a chick near a nestbox on the ground, either leave it alone or put it under a hedge where it is out of site of predators - additionally, keep cats inside during this transitional period.
These products are for wild creatures and as such, you should not expect immediate habitation. We suggest you carefully read the supplied instructions for siting and provide this product in a suitable habitat for the target species. The product can then be re-visited 6 - 12 months later, or in the appropriate season, to see if it is being used.
If after 24 months the product has not been used, it may be worth choosing an alternative location to site it and/or look to see what improvements you can make to provide a suitable environment for your target species (flowers, woodpiles, rough areas of garden etc)
Because many species of creature are constantly seeking refuge and safe nesting sites, you may find that an unexpected species is using your product - this is part of nature and all species should be welcomed as part of your wildlife garden.