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Article by Caroline Knight | 10th February 2019

Give Wildlife A Hand As You Prepare For Spring In The Garden

It’s February, and this is a very special month. You might be gloomy about the weather and the slow approach of spring, but the birds know it’s time to chirp.

Valentine’s Day – 14th February, as if you need reminding! – is traditionally the time for birds to find a mate and to start planning their brood.

Give wildlife a helping hand by cleaning out your nest boxes at the beginning of the month to make sure everything is ready for them. Why? Because nest boxes can house parasites such as fleas, lice and ticks. Also, some of last year’s eggs might not have hatched and some boxes could even contain unsuccessful chicks from last year.

Clearing away the old nests also means that birds won’t have to build a new nest on top, thereby raising the height. The higher the nest, the more accessible to predators it becomes.

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