Five of the best ways to celebrate National Nest Box Week

Join the British Trust for Ornithology in its quest to support native birdlife and devote some time to National Nest Box Week. With family-friendly events emerging across the country, Caroline Rhodes picks her top five


1. Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, Norfolk
Deep in the the Wensum Valley, Pensthorpe Reserve boasts a huge number of both native and migratory bird species and has great education programmes. Children will love the nest box trail, and can learn all about how to encourage birds to breed. Nest Box Week activities will run until 21 February.
2. Hatfield Forest, Essex
Head to this ancient woodland during half-term and get the family to build their own nest boxes. A great day out for the kids, this former medieval hunting forest is now a centre of conservation. Costing just £6 per box, workshops will be held until February 19, 11am-3pm.
3. Blickling Hall, Norfolk
Visit Blickling on the 28 February for some springtime fun at £8 per ticket. From 10am-noon, wardens will give tips on attracting birds to your garden to help you to craft your own nest boxes to take home. You can then spend the rest of the day wandering through the stunning grounds.
4. Wallington, Northumberland
Drop in on the idyllic walled gardens here to build your nest box for a small charge. On the 18 February there will be two sessions running from 11am-12.30pm, and then 1.30pm-3pm. With a
5. Nymans Garden, West Sussex
The gardens here are a breathtaking sight in spring, and will host a nest box making day on 21 February. The wood team will impart their valuable knowledge so you can create the perfect home for breeding birds over the coming months. Advance booking required.