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Fledgling ornithologists get the nesting instinct

Monday 30th January 2017

National Nest Box Week (NNBW) takes place every year from 14-21 February, and after more than 15 years it is now an established part of the ornithological calendar.

NNBW aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife. Natural nest sites for birds such as holes in trees or old buildings are disappearing fast as gardens are ‘tidied’ and old houses are repaired.

To commemorate NNBW, we’re running a series of nest box workshops for children in February in Abingdon and Oxford.

Fledgling ornithologists aged 5-9 can construct a nest box to suit a variety of garden birds using hand and power tools (all tools and materials will be provided) and learn about why different birds like different shaped boxes. They’ll be able to take their boxes home or – in the case of the Oxford event at Stansfeld Park –  choose a tree in the local woodland to locate it.

Nest Box workshops:

Saturday 4th February at The DT Department Abingdon School (SOLD OUT)

Saturday 11th February at Stansfeld Park, Oxford 

To read more about our workshops go to

If you’re interested in learning more about National Nest Box Week and how you can get involved, go to

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