Buckinghamshire homeowners urged to flock to developers’ online nest box quiz

A garden nest box for starlings

With National Nest Box Week (14th to 21st February) on the horizon, Barratt and David Wilson Homes have issued a reminder for residents in Buckinghamshire to test their knowledge on its digital bird quiz.

Following the success of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch, the five star housebuilders have kept their nest box quiz live for homeowners to learn more about their feathered friends, with RSPB vouchers worth up to £100 to be won.

Garden birds need a safe place to raise their chicks, and the online quiz shows how residents can open up their gardens and give them a home for the season. Prizes to be won are designed to help homeowners make their own gardens wildlife-friendly and do their bit for nature’s neighbours.

It comes as part of the Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ commitment to supporting wildlife on developments and celebrating its national partnership with the RSPB.

Each entrant of the quiz will be able to learn more about a range of birds as they’re asked to match common species to the homes that suit their needs.

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “We always try to give nature a home at our developments, creating new habitats as part of our long-term partnership with the RSPB. Alongside National Nest Box Week, hopefully this quiz can help get all generations involved in learning more about wildlife and nature.”

National Nest Box Week is organised by the British Trust for Ornithology and aims to encourage more people to help the birds by putting up nest boxes.

Anyone wishing to take part in the housebuilder’s digital bird quiz has until Monday 28th February 2022 to enter the prize draw. With six prizes up for grabs in the form of RSPB vouchers, homeowners can make their garden inviting for bird, in addition to other wildlife such as hedgehogs, bees and butterflies.

To take part in the quiz, please visit: https://birdhousequiz.co.uk/.

When looking to place a nest box in a garden, it’s important to find a sheltered, shady location, preferably facing north through east to south-east to avoid prevailing winds and strong direct sunlight. Nest boxes also need to be kept out of reach of cats and other predators.

There are many ways that residents in the county can help the birds in their garden, such as providing a regular supply of clean water by using a bird bath, providing nestboxes and putting the right bird seed out including flaked maize, sunflower hearts.

For more information about Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, visit www.barratthomes.co.uk or www.dwh.co.uk.