Study

Impact of nest box orientation on occupation and breeding success of blue tits Cyanistes caeruleus, great tits Parus major and pied flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca at Nagshead Nature Reserve, Gloucestershire, England

  • Published source details Goodenough A.E., Maitland D.P., Hart A.G. & Elliot S.L. (2008) Nestbox orientation: a species-specific influence on occupation and breeding success in woodland passerines. Bird Study, 55, 222-232

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

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Bird Conservation
  1. Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

    A replicated study in an oak-dominated forest in Gloucestershire, England, between 1990 and 2004 (Goodenough et al. 2008) found that significantly fewer pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca chicks fledged from southwest-facing nest boxes, compared to other orientations. There were no differences for great tits Parus major and blue tits Parus caeruleus in productivity, but great tits showed a preference for certain nest box orientations, with significantly fewer nests in southwest-facing nest boxes. There were no preferences in the other two species.

     

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