Project House Martin nestbox (Delichon urbica)


The following group(s) participate in this project:



Vogelbescherming Nederland
Sovon Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology
Natuurpunt
VWG Uden

CJ Vivara European Research

Project

House Martin nestbox (Delichon urbica)

House Martin nests type 001 A t/m L

These nestboxes should be sited as detailed under ‘method’. After putting up the nest box, the checklist should be completed as fully as possible. The nestboxes should be checked at least twice during the breeding season. Data should be entered on the control card. This card should be mailed or returned at the end of every season. The remaining data and observations should be filled in on the conclusion form and returned at the end of the season.

The welfare of any occupants of the nestboxes should be taken into account at all times!

Method:

  • The nestboxes must be in position before the end of April.
  • All nestboxes must be encoded according to numbering on the checklist.
  • Site the nest using your local knowledge and expertise.
  • Try to hang the unpainted and the white painted type next to one another.
  • There should be an unobstructed flight path into the box.
  • Make sure that after hanging the nest you take a photograph of it.
  • Please don’t add nest material.
  • The duration of the project is at least 5 years.

What we would like to know:

  • Are the nestboxes the correct size and shape?
  • Is the entrance hole the correct size and shape?
  • Was the box used by House Martins?
  • If not, was it used by anything else?
  • How high was the nestbox placed?
  • Was the box sited under the eaves or in some other location?
  • What is the distance between the nestboxes?
  • Which direction is the nestbox facing (using N; NE; E etc)?
  • Did the birds show a preference for a particular type of nestbox?
  • If possible monitor the breeding success.
  • Miscellaneous observations. (see conclusion form)

Single:

001A Standard mix of wood and concrete (grey) with plywood

001B Standard mix of wood and concrete (grey) with plywood (white painted)

001C Standard mix of wood and concrete (brown) with plywood

001D Standard mix of wood and concrete (brown) with plywood (white painted)

Double:

001E Standard mix of wood and concrete (grey) with plywood

001F Standard mix of wood and concrete (grey) with plywood (white painted)

Double:

001G Standard mix of wood and concrete (grey) with plywood

001H Standard mix of wood and concrete (grey) with plywood (white painted)

Single and starting spot:

001I Standard mix of wood and concrete (grey) with plywood

001J Standard mix of wood and concrete (grey) with plywood (white painted)

001K Standard mix of wood and concrete (brown) with plywood

001H Standard mix of wood and concrete (brown) with plywood (white painted)