Is Spring just round corner?

Valentine's Day is supposedly the day to put up blue tit nesting boxes.

However, I read several years ago a suggestion that they should be cleaned and put back in position as wrens like to take shelter in them over the winter, often as many as 15 per box!

I've done this for the last three years and usually it is around the middle of March before I see any tits taking an interest in the box.

Last Thursday I was amazed to see two blue tits, one of which disappeared into the box for at least two minutes while its mate excitedly clung to the front, jumping on to the top, clinging on the side, obviously very excited to have found a perfect 'des res'.

Is this a sign that the worst of the winter is over and Spring is just around the corner? I certainly hope so!

Linda Rogers, Owlthorpe, S20

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