Boxlife. Giving Wildlife A Home.

                                               Homes For Wildlife?

     

Boxlife is a group of volunteers that recognise that many of our birds and mammals have less opportunity to breed these days due to lack of suitable habitats. We help to address this problem by providing nestboxes for birds and mammals. We are a non-profit making organisation that rely on voluntary help and our own fundraising to carry out the work. The boxes are sited in many locations in South Lincolnshire and Rutland from woodland to farms and schools. Please take a look at our website to find out more!

 

Please click on get involved where you will find simple nestbox designs to help you get started helping our wildlife or boxes can be bought almost anywhere these days.

 

If you know of a school or comunity project in The Rutland and South Lincolnshire area that you feel would benifit from nestboxes please get in touch with us at box_life@hotmail.co.uk ,we may be able to help.

                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                      

                                                                 A Success Story

 

 Sitting on a fallen tree deep in woodland and all I can hear are the birds, a great spotted woodpecker, unseen but drumming for a few seconds only to repeat the sound over and over again, a robin sings it’s early summer song and as far as I can see bluebells carpet the ground. This is a private wood but the owner is happy for me to be here. Boxlife has placed nestboxes here for the birds to provide that much needed ‘home’ to breed or roost in.

I am on my rounds checking and recording each box for any success. As I sit eating my lunch I catch sight of what looks like a ball of fluff flying ungainly to a low

branch, the ball of fluff looks at me through two blinking eyes for a few seconds before attempting another short flight to the next tree. My tawny owls have fledged! I can’t help feeling a sense of pride as just last winter Boxlife had placed high on an outgrowing bough a tunnel box, a female tawny took to it straightway laying three eggs and raising two owlets to fledge.

Reward enough for me and essential for the tawny owl to be able to breed. A recent

report from the BTO revealed that tawny owl numbers have halved sine 1994.

There are many reasons for this decline and at Boxlife we believe that having a place to breed or find shelter are significant ones

Being an active member of the Boxlife team gives me enormous satisfaction in knowing that I am helping wildlife directly and I can see the results, each year the total of birds that have fledged on my round as risen steadily. Boxlife is committed to continuing this conservation work.

You too could help our wildlife by putting a nest box or two in your garden or even more boxes if you own some land or woodland and in other ways such as fundraising, making the nestboxes and helping to place them.

If you think you would like to be involved or are interested in any of our work, please click on 'Contact Us' on the taskbar above.

The pictures below tell the story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           This young tawny owl is about to to fitted with a B.T.O. ID  ring by a licensed ringer.

                                      

                                Below is a clutch of blue tits almost ready to fledge.

 

 

 

 

Ok I know Jays do not use nestboxes but we photographed this beautiful bird while we were taking a break from putting up boxes.

 

 

  

 

 

The parent birds of this clutch of coal tits took advantage of a treecreeper box we put up.

But of course we don't mind !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photographs

Young Barn Owls before being ringed.

Masonry Bees using an Insect Hibernation Box

Marsh Tit or Willow Tit? Being ringed.

Great Tit Incubating her eggs.

Great Tit nest

Newly Hatched Great Titis

Feathers starting to show

Great Tits before they leave the nest

Installing a Kestrel Box.

 

Female Sparrowhawk.

Although they do not use nestboxes, we were invited

to see these young red kites ringed and tagged.

Putting a barn owl box up on sunny winters day.