In this stressed modern world, many urban dwellers are increasingly turning towards their gardens to renew their bond with nature. Therefore, inviting birds to your garden is one step closer to living more serenely. Read on to learn more about how to cater for the nesting needs of our feathered friends.

The life-cycle of cavity nests

Depending on availability, many bird species may maintain several cavities as dormitories outside the breeding season. For example, a crested barbet may raise four broods in a single season.  After one or two seasons, when the chamber becomes too deep or may no longer be suitable, the original occupants (primary cavity nesters) abandon it to excavate a new cavity somewhere else.  Consequently, these vacant cavities are soon occupied by secondary cavity-nesting species.

Important  Considerations

Mounting a Nesting Log

Primary cavity nesting  bird species in South Africa

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Crested Barbet using a sisal nesting log. Photo credit Michael Hofmeyr


Secondary cavity nesting bird species in South Africa

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Hoopoe heading for its nest

Owl Nesting Boxes in South Africa

Barn Owls and Spotted Eagle-Owls live in close association with humans. Likewise, they will frequently make use of artificial nesting boxes.  They therefore often accept artificial nesting boxes attached to the walls of buildings and to trees. Here are some tips on how to mount an owl nesting box:

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Owls take care of your rodent problem as a bonus

Being the custodian of a new generation of birds is sure to deepen your bond with nature. Moreover, gardening with nature and promoting indigenous plants and birds is an important contribution to nature conservation. So, pop into Hecker Nursery now to get your garden set for spring with our nesting logs, owl boxes and bird feeders. Then enjoy your new chirpy neighbours!


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