Nest Boxes

Welcome to the Stanwick Lakes Nest Box project

Find out more about the nest boxes at Stanwick Lakes

We have 43 nesting boxes on the reserve for the 2022 nesting season, which have been designed to provide homes for blue tits and great tits, robins and wrens, tawny owls and kestrels.

Throughout the spring and summer, our team of dedicated nest box surveyors monitor the boxes so we can find out which birds visit, which are resident, and which breed on the site. They take note of everything that is happening in the nest box, including whether a nest has been built, the number of eggs, chicks and fledglings. As well as telling us the health of the local bird population, the data also contributes to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) national Nest Record Scheme helps us to manage the site for conservation.

Nest Box Monitoring

Every time the team check the boxes, we will post the information on this page (usually on a Tuesday). If you are one of the supporters of the Stanwick Lakes Nest box scheme and have adopted a nest box for the 2022 nesting season, check the number in your adoption pack and you can find out what is happening in your nest box. Please scroll to the end of this page to see a list of our fantastic Nest Box Supporters.

Here is this week’s bird report for the 2022 nesting season. (There is a glossary of the terms used underneath the table).

Ian, from our nest box monitoring team reported:

“This week we checked all of the small nest boxes to see if the blue and great tits were having any second broods. For the second week running, a female great tit was found sitting in an empty nest in nest box 23, but there were still no eggs. It now looks very unlikely that there will be any more nesting activity in the small nest boxes.

The three stock doves, that were ringed three weeks ago, all seem to have fledged successfully. Whilst squirrels had since built a drey in nest box LB4, the stock doves had started again in LB1 and had a clutch of three eggs. The kestrels, that were ringed last week, could be seen looking out from the opening of their nest box. All four of them seemed to be doing well and most of their down, that was present last week, has now been lost to reveal their feathers. There was further excitement in the nest box when the male kestrel turned up with what appeared to be a mouse.

With the conclusion of the nesting activities in the small nest boxes, the updates will now change from weekly to approximately monthly to keep you up to date with the stock dove nests.”

Nest box update 10th June 2022

Nest box update 3rd June 2022

Nest box update 27th May 2022

Nest box update 20th May 2022

Nest box update 13th May 2022

Nest box update 6th May 2022

Nest box update 29th April 2022

Nest box update 22nd April 2022

Nest box update 15th April 2022

Nest box update 8th April 2022

Nest box update 1st April 2022

Nest box update 25th March 2022

Nest box update 18th March 2022

Thanks to our 2022 adopters:

Susan Pesic-Smith, Karen & Colin Minney, Claudette Porter, Maurice Tyler, Gillian Spain, Robert Webb, Karen Abel, Adrian & Kate Woodfield, Garry Gellingham & Kiby Twitchan, Keith and Christine Turner, Hilary Hoyle, John and Sandy Young, Melvin Wood, Frances Bilby, Joyce Mynott, Huw Williams, Linda Huckle, Bill Barke, Ann Cumberpatch, Jacinta Horne and in special memory of Aman.

The Stanwick Lakes nest box adoption scheme was set up as part of the Natureworks project, funded by: