Willow Tits

The decline of the Willow Tit Poecile montana in the UK has made it a conservation priority species.

There is evidence to suggest that the species will respond to conservation management in some areas of the UK.

The reasons for the serious decline of the Willow Tit in the UK is constrained by a lack of understanding of the species’ ecology, which is partly due to the difficulty of persuading Willow Tits to use nestboxes.

It is likely that several factors are responsible for the serious decline, although those related to habitat change or degradation are probably among the most important. There is also evidence to suggest nest predation (by grey squirrel and great spotted woodpecker) or competition (from great and blue tit) has had a effect on the conservation status of this species.

Willow Tit Nest boxes ready for installation.

This design of  nest box has been shown to work in some study area. Nest success from nests in boxes that reach the egg stage is very high, probably much higher than those in natural cavities.

See: https://britishbirds.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/article_files/V102/V102_N07/V102_N7_24_31.pdf

Fitting the outside covering to the Willow Tit nest box templates.
Cutting bark to fit on the outside of the Willow Tit nest boxes.

For a number of years I’ve been interested in Willow Tits. I can provide advice on installing and monitoring Willow Tit nest boxes. Here are some images of some recent nest boxes that I have constructed. Contact me for more details or discuss future project work;

Willow Tit Nestboxes
Willow Tit Nest box at Whisby NP, Lincoln.