Scottish SPCA and RSPB urging public to help wild birds this National Nest Box Week

We want to highlight the importance of helping wild birds this National Nest Box Week, which runs from 14-21 February.  

next box weekOur centre in Angus has been leading the way with centre assistant manager, Dale Christie, encouraging bird enthusiasts to put up a nest box in their gardens or work places for wild birds.

Dale explained, “There are fewer nesting places for birds in the wild due to old buildings being knocked down and woodlands being destroyed for farming or housing. Nest boxes come in all shapes and sizes and are easy to make and find in local hardware stores.”

Wildlife Rescue Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “Last year we cared for over 7,000 wild birds. At this time of year wild birds can struggle to find food, especially in the snow, as the cold weather makes insects and seeds difficult to find.

“We urge the public to consider putting up nest boxes and help the birds by feeding them throughout the year. One of the most important ways of helping is by providing fresh water for them to drink and bathe in.”

James Reynolds, head of marketing and communications at the nature conservation charity, RSPB said, “Putting up nest boxes is a fantastic way to attract wildlife into your garden. Pressures on the natural habitat of so many of our native bird species mean the availability of natural nesting features, like holes in trees, aren’t as common any more. This provides them with some welcome assistance to build a home and breed successfully, with the added benefit of being able to watch the action at close quarters. Everyone should do it if they have the space!”