Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Things NOT to do with your nest box

This week is National Nest Box Week, but hopefully everyone will be slightly kinder to their birds than the early pioneers...

"Small nest boxes were being put up as early as 1527. These were for House Sparrows and were only found in Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire. They took the form of clay pots and were not exactly put up for the benefit of the birds. They were there to provide a source of fresh meat for the householder. Young sparrows were considered a delicacy around this time, as well as being a good source of protein."

This snippet comes from the BTO's latest e-newsletter, which you can sign up for here.

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