About Nesting Neighbours
Why monitor nesting birds?
By asking people to monitor nests in their gardens and local area, we can build up a detailed picture of breeding success in these target habitats. This is needed to help understand why some species are increasing while others are declining, for example whether warmer weather and the provision of food can make a difference to the number of chicks that birds are able to raise.
How to get involved
As soon as you know about an active nest in a box or other site, you can begin telling us about its progress using the online recording forms. With a nest box, you can even begin recording before a nest appears and if the box doesn't end up getting used that will still be useful information on what is called 'occupancy rate'.
Find out more about Taking Part.
Where to get advice on putting boxes up
Making the most of BirdTrack data
We have been working to produce useful summaries for bird reports using data from the millions of annual BirdTrack records.
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