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Bird Nesting House

Style: Hut

Bring all the birds to the yard with these cute little Bird Nesting Houses. These handmade houses are made from hogla leaves with jute stitching by Fair Trade artisans, located in the Saidpur region, northern Bangladesh. Bird Nesting Houses make a great ornamental garden piece and depending on a few external factors, a useful nesting box for local bird life. 

Tips to Encourage Birds to Nest in your Bird Nesting House.

Hollows of trees are the natural habitat for many species of fauna. In the absence of hollow bearing trees a Bird Nesting House or a Small Bird Nesting Box can introduce a hollow to your garden to attract both birds and mammals. Whether a bird or other animal decides to visit your Bird Nesting House depends on a variety of considerations. Here is some information and suggestions.

  • Animals will not forage too far from safety, so Bird Nesting Houses should not be too far from food sources
  • We recommend not feeding wild animals and birds unless you have knowledge of the food that suits
  • Bird Nesting Houses should be at least 3m from the ground, out of reach of dogs, cats and also humans
  • Place in an inconspicuous position, protected from the weather (cold, rain, direct heat from sun)
  • You can tell if a bird is nesting as you will see some signs such as extra twigs or debris
  • Avoid looking in the box, as it could lead to desertion
  • The Bird Nesting House entrance holes are around 5cm to suit smaller birds such as small parrots, lorikeets, tree martins, rufous treekeeper and owlet nightjar
  • Natural nest predators may prey but this is part of building up an ecosystem

Sources: Wildlife Notes, 1997 (CALM, WA)

Dimensions

  • Teepee W 16 x H 15cm
  • Hut W 17 x H 16cm

Materials

Hogla is a grass-like plant that is grown alongside river beds and canals in Bangladesh. It is a sustainable, rapidly growing material and farmers are able to plant their Hogla fields for free using rhizomes from their neighbours or their own existing fields. Once the leaves are harvested and dried they are used extensively to make mats, baskets, ropes and different kinds of handicrafts.

Jute is a natural vegetable fibre made from plants belonging to the same family as hibiscus and mallow (Malvaceae). It is a eco-friendly and biodegradable alternative to other synthetic counterparts.

As the Bird Nesting House is composed of all natural materials, once this product has outlived it's use it is 100% home compostable.

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