Professionals: Revolutionary design utilizing strong high-insulating materials. Easy accessibility for cleansing. Out there in a variety of types, colors and designs. 10 yr assure.
Cons: Just a little on the heavy aspect… though as soon as in situ that’s not likely a difficulty and the burden really makes the field extra steady. Not 100% certain of the eco-credentials of the concrete ingredient of the fabric used.
The Woodstone vary of nest containers by Vivara/CJ Wildlife provides an modern twist on conventional wood nest field designs. Constructed from a novel mixture of concrete and pure wooden fibres, these containers are robust, long-lasting and supply excellent insulating properties — making for happier birds and extra profitable broods.
Score: Extremely Really useful
Woodstone® Seville 28mm Nestbox Full Evaluate
Nest containers are available all kinds of sizes and styles, however they’re all a lot the identical. 4 partitions, a roof, a flooring and both an entrance gap or open entrance to permit entry to potential residents. It’s uncommon to see something really modern in terms of nest containers. So I used to be intrigued after I acquired certainly one of CJ Wildlife Eire’s new Woodstone nestboxes to assessment on the positioning.
This was not like any nest field I’d ever seen.
Woodstone containers are solid from what seems to be cement or concrete, however a better look reveals there’s extra happening right here. The fabric is definitely constituted of (and I assume the clue is within the title) a intelligent mixture of concrete and sustainable FSC licensed wooden fibres. In different phrases, it’s made out of concrete, blended with sawdust.
The result’s a fabric that’s robust, hard-wearing, has excellent insulating properties and is breathable. That ticks plenty of the precise containers for the right nest field. A great 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 the breeding season. A very good nest field ought to keep cool sufficient on hot-summer days, and retain warmth when it’s cooler outdoors, or when mother or father birds are away foraging.
Wooden does an ideal job of that, which is why the overwhelming majority of nest containers in the marketplace are made from wooden. The one drawback 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 containers with probably dangerous/poisonous preservatives, wood containers can deteriorate shortly. You’ll get a couple of seasons out of them, possibly 4 if you happen to’re fortunate, however then you definately’ll have to switch them.
Woodstone containers are totally different. They don’t deteriorate or degrade, gained’t rot, are impervious to the Irish local weather, and, in fact, not like wood nest containers, they’re impenetrable to predators. Additionally they are available a variety of sizes and styles, a collection of colors, and with totally different entrance choices to go well with totally different chicken species. There are even speciality Woodstone containers for species like swifts, home martins and even kingfishers.
So in concept, Woodstone nest containers make sense. However what about in follow?
Utilizing Woodstone nest containers.
The very first thing to notice is that this stuff are heavy. They’ve a big heft, so that you’ll have to be sure to 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). Because of its weight, the nest field stays put, even in robust winds, so there’s no want for extra 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 significantly better days right here at IWHQ. It’s been up a few month, appears nice, and has proven no indicators of in poor health results from the wind and rain of an Irish January and February. To date there have been no guests, nevertheless it’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.
In the event you’re in search of a nest field improve, or only a new nest field that may stand up to the rigours of the Irish local weather for a decade or extra, take a look at the Woodstone vary on the Birdfood.ie web site.