A number of books have been produced by the Garden BirdWatch Team, covering various topics related to gardens and their wildlife.
Written by Dave Cromack and drawing on the BTO's expertise, this new book provides the perfect guide to building, erecting and monitoring nestboxes for a broad range of bird species.
The book starts by examining the different ways in which birds use gardens, identifying elements within the garden that can be used to attract birds (and other wildlife). It then gets to grips with garden basics by examining the principles and techniques of a wildlife-friendly approach. This section covers flower forms, selecting plants, soil management, planting techniques, mulching, pruning and pests & disease.
Whether you want to build your own nestboxes or buy them ready-made, The BTO Nestbox Guide gives instructions and guidance on the types of nestbox preferred by the 24 species most likely to nest in and around your house and garden. Information on building or choosing suitable boxes, when, where and how to site nestboxes, maintenance, nesting materials, details of each species' nesting preferences and behaviour, and watching and monitoring your nesting birds is provided. It is very well illustrated with lots of colour photographs.