National nest box week begins on Valentine's day every year. It has become an important date, started by the British Trust for Ornithology and is now an established part of the bird lovers calendar, running consistently for just over twenty years.
Our gardens, parks and woodland are neater and tidier than they used to be, depriving bids of natural holes to find a home. To make matters worse there are fewer handy nooks and crannies in modern buildings. The populations of many birds species are down as a result of the housing shortage.
Don’t forget that nestboxes are good for us too. Spending time in the garden and watching birds make themselves at home, are all great stress-busters.