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Blue tits, bird box and garden works

  • I have a bird box which has blue tits starting to nest. I’m worried they will be disturbed by paving work directly underneath it in my garden (starts in 5 weeks). Should we move the box now (I'm not sure that's alliwed) or do we leave it and hope the birds won’t abandon the box if they have chicks in it?
  • If the birds have started to take in nesting material, then no, you are not allowed to interfere. Once the first signs of nesting have started I am afraid you have to stay well clear. If the birds have nested before and are used to the comings and goings in the garden, then they will be used to some noise. If they are just starting to take in materials, by time eggs are laid, she will, be sitting on them. If depends on what is actuall going to happen a and how much noise and disturbance there is going to be, she may abandon the nest.

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  • Blue tits check out boxes, and also roost in nestboxes, often long before they nest in them. IMO, it is too early for them to actually be nesting. That said, definitely don't move the nestbox. The box should have been moved when the work was booked in if disturbance is likely. Depends how high up the nestbox is as to whether they will be disturbd. We used to have a box on a silver birch. That was about 20ft up so not an issue to work underneath that tree. The work could well coincide with the incubation period so might be fine anyway.