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).

Box 22

Box 1

Box C

Ian, from our nest box monitoring team reported:

“It has been another busy week with 111 young blue and great tits ringed. These birds will not be checked next week, but a check will be made the following week to see that they have fledged successfully. The photographs show the 11 young blue tits ringed from nest box 22 and the eight young great tits ringed from nest box 1. Quite a few of the young were ringed at a stage when they were only just large enough to take a ring, which meant that a few runts were not ringed. At the ringing stage, it is not unusual for the runts to have already succumbed to the pressure of competition with their larger siblings. However, there were relatively few eggs/birds unaccounted for – the sum of unhatched eggs, ringed birds and unringed runts in most cases equalled the original number of eggs. If food is plentiful and the weather is good, some of the runts could go on to fledge successfully.

The photograph of nest box C shows that the great tits only made a half-hearted attempt at building a nest in that box. There is no lining and the eggs are rolling around on the wooden floor of the nest box. This will make it difficult for the female to incubate them all equally, but they have been reasonably successful in similar circumstances in the past, so it will be interesting to see how many hatch.

The young stock dove from nest box LB2 has fledged successfully and its parents are already preparing for the next attempt. A nest comprising a few twigs and couple of ivy leaves has already been built.

Another busy weekend is expected next week and it is hoped to see some of you on the guided walk to see some young being ringed.”

Book your place on the Baby Bird Walk which takes place on Sunday 22nd May.


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: