Execs: Modern design utilizing strong high-insulating materials. Easy accessibility for cleansing. Out there in a variety of kinds, colors and designs. 10 12 months assure.
Cons: Slightly on the heavy facet… though as soon as in situ that’s probably not a problem and the load truly makes the field extra steady. Not 100% certain of the eco-credentials of the concrete aspect of the fabric used.
The Woodstone vary of nest packing containers by Vivara/CJ Wildlife provides an revolutionary twist on conventional wood nest field designs. Constructed from a novel mixture of concrete and pure wooden fibres, these packing containers are sturdy, long-lasting and provide very good insulating properties — making for happier birds and extra profitable broods.
Ranking: Extremely Advisable
Woodstone® Seville 28mm Nestbox Full Overview
Nest packing containers are available in all types of sizes and shapes, however they’re all a lot the identical. 4 partitions, a roof, a ground and both an entrance gap or open entrance to permit entry to potential residents. It’s uncommon to see something really revolutionary on the subject of nest packing containers. So I used to be intrigued once I acquired one among CJ Wildlife Eire’s new Woodstone nestboxes to evaluation on the location.
This was in contrast to any nest field I’d ever seen.
Woodstone packing containers are solid from what seems to be cement or concrete, however a more in-depth look reveals there’s extra happening right here. The fabric is definitely produced from (and I suppose the clue is within the identify) a intelligent mixture of concrete and sustainable FSC licensed wooden fibres. In different phrases, it’s made out of concrete, combined with sawdust.
The result’s a cloth that’s sturdy, hard-wearing, has very good insulating properties and is breathable. That ticks plenty of the appropriate packing containers for the proper nest field. A super nest field has to maintain birds… and their eggs and chicks, dry and at a temperature that doesn’t fluctuate an excessive amount of by way of the breeding season. An excellent nest field ought to keep cool sufficient on hot-summer days, and retain warmth when it’s cooler exterior, or when dad or mum birds are away foraging.
Wooden does a fantastic job of that, which is why the overwhelming majority of nest packing containers in the marketplace are manufactured from wooden. The one downside with wooden is that it doesn’t final, significantly within the Irish local weather. As a result of you possibly can’t actually deal with nest packing containers with doubtlessly dangerous/poisonous preservatives, wood packing containers can deteriorate rapidly. You’ll get a couple of seasons out of them, perhaps 4 in the event you’re fortunate, however then you definately’ll have to interchange them.
Woodstone packing containers are totally different. They don’t deteriorate or degrade, gained’t rot, are impervious to the Irish local weather, and, in fact, in contrast to wood nest packing containers, they’re impenetrable to predators. Additionally they are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, a number of colors, and with totally different entrance choices to go well with totally different chicken species. There are even speciality Woodstone packing containers for species like swifts, home martins and even kingfishers.
So in idea, Woodstone nest packing containers make sense. However what about in apply?
Utilizing Woodstone nest packing containers.
The very first thing to notice is that these items are heavy. They’ve a major heft, so that you’ll have to be sure you repair them securely. Fortunately, they arrive with a tree-friendly chrome steel hook that merely screws in, and the nest field hangs simply from that (there’s additionally a wall-plug included if you wish to connect it to a wall). Due to its weight, the nest field stays put, even in sturdy winds, so there’s no want for added fixings.
For cleansing, the entrance panel is removable. You merely rotate the 2 steel fasteners anticlockwise, and take away the entrance plate, giving easy accessibility to the physique of the nest field.
This Woodstone Seville 28mm nest field has changed a wood nest field that had seen a lot better days right here at IWHQ. It’s been up a few month, appears to be like nice, and has proven no indicators of ailing results from the wind and rain of an Irish January and February. To date there have been no guests, but it surely’s nonetheless just a little early but. A pair of blue tits used the earlier nest field in the identical location yearly, so I’ve excessive hopes they’ll take up residence on this upgraded des-res as soon as the breeding season kicks in.
For those who’re on the lookout for a nest field improve, or only a new nest field that can stand up to the rigours of the Irish local weather for a decade or extra, try the Woodstone vary on the Birdfood.ie web site.