First established in 1997 by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and bird care specialist Jacobi Jayne, National Nest Box Week (NNBW) is now an annual event and runs for 7 days from February 14th each year.

National Nest Box Week gives everyone across the country the opportunity to contribute to the biodiversity of their local areas and support the wider conservation of breeding birds in the UK. In addition to ensuring that nesting birds get the attention they deserve, this important event on the ornithological calendar primarily focuses on encouraging people to install nest boxes in and around their local area.

Who Can Participate?

Everyone! Whether you are a member of your local wildlife group or bird club, a teacher or a family excited about UK birds and wildlife, you can take part in National Nest Box Week.

When is National Nest Box Week in 2019?

To celebrate NNBW 2019, the BTO are asking all participants to put up their nest boxes from February 14 to February 21. February is the ideal month for this event because it is when birds pair up ahead of the breeding season and start searching for a safe place to build a nest and raise their chicks. Did you know that nest boxes are used regularly by more than 20 different species of bird including Barn Owls and Blue Tits?

Why Participate in National Nest Box Week?

Unfortunately, natural nesting sites, including old buildings and holes in trees, are in decline as houses are renovated and gardens are tidied up. There is no garden too small for a nest box and although putting one up might sound like a simple act, the difference you can make is extraordinary. By participating in National Nest Box Week, you will be supporting breeding birds in the UK. In return, you will also get the pleasure of observing the birds that are attracted to your nest box.

Even if the nest box you put up isn’t used by a pair of birds raising a family your efforts will still be appreciated as it could also be used as an overnight roost and provide a warm, safe and dry place for tired birds to rest.