This adage is as true for animals as it is for old baseball players. Artificial habitat structures such as bird nest boxes, bee boxes and bat boxes are a great way to attract wildlife. This is really important for new restoration sites, young forests or new forest plantations.
Newer or less established natural areas usually lack the features needed to attract wildlife, such as large diameter trees, dead standing trees or natural cavities, which are easily found in more mature habitats. Artificial habitat structures can also attract welcome wildlife to your backyard for a true field of dreams for welcome wildlife.
These structures mimic features found in mature habitats and provide shelter and breeding spaces for a variety of animals. They also provide specialized habitat that may be hard to come by in nature such as rock crevices and structures for hibernating animals like bats and snakes. When installed properly and maintained regularly, artificial habitat structures serve as a safe place for wildlife to raise young and can offer a glimpse into what’s happening in your own backyard.
This year CVC is growing our habitat structures program. In addition to bird nest boxes, bat boxes and bee boxes, the expanded program will offer a greater selection of box types, installation options and large scale structures.
You can buy a habitat structure box from us and install it yourself, or let us install it for you.
Boxes are sold as a kit, which includes the nest box, materials required for installation, a site selection and maintenance guide, as well as wood shavings for the first season. If you choose to let us do the work for you, we’ll identify the right species to attract and box locations for your yard.
To learn more about habitat structures or have CVC install habitat structures on your property, please contact Freyja Whitten at [email protected]