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Bat and Bird Nest Box Results 2015 (March 11, 2016, 03:50:56 AM) quote  
Bird Nest Box Results for 2015 (some sponsored)

* Due to circumstances beyond our control it was not possible to conduct bird nest box survey covering 2014.
* Photographs noted in 2015 may be found on Maple Lodge Web gallery and Maple Lodge Facebook Forum.

Nest Box 1 (GPS – N5137288 W030163) Located 20 yards after the Notice Board on Ivy covered tree stump, wire netting over box entrance, currently not sponsored - 2008: Great/Blue Tits nested/bred (4 died in the nest). 2009 & 2010: Empty. 2011: Probably occupied/used by Robin. 2012: Possibly occupied. 2013: Tit species. 2014: No survey. 2015: Unable to clearly see due to wire netting – to recheck

Nest Box 2 (GPS - N5137278 W030161) Located in the Plantation, sponsored by Judy Passingham - 2008: Nesting attempted. 2009: Predated. Entrance hole has been pecked and thus made larger. 2010: Empty. 2011 & 2012: Failed attempt. (New front fitted March 2013). 2013: Nesting material. 2014: No survey. 2015: Cupped Tit nest – no egg shells, possibly used.

Nest Box 3 (GPS - N5137254 W030136) Located approx 10 yards from footpath edge of the Plantation, sponsored by tbc - 2010: Entrance hole pecked wide. Box content not checked. 2011: Tit box utilised but predated. 2012: Empty. (Refurbished box fitted low on tree March 2013). 2013: Nesting material only. 2014: No survey. 2015: Evidence of bird nesting.

Nest Box 4 (GPS - N5137256 W030150) Located at right side of the Plantation, near the pathway, sponsored by Paul Ward - 2008: Great/Blue Tits nested and possibly bred. 2009: Great/Blue Tits nested and possibly bred. 2010: Empty. 2011 & 2012: Nesting attempted - probably successfully. 2013: 1 brood of Tit species. 2014: No survey but Great Tit recorded taking food into box in early May – a Blue Tit was photographed prospecting this box on March 12 2014 by Keith Pursall (Photo is on Maple Lodge Web Site gallery (under ‘Boxes’) and on the Maple Lodge Facebook Forum). 2015: Great Tit – 1 broken egg shell and 3 unbroken eggs.

Nest Box 5 (GPS – N5137269 W030196) Located at the back left corner of the Plantation near yellow bench, sponsored by Jill Kempster - 2008 and 2009: Nesting attempted but predated. Entrance hole has been pecked and thus made much larger (Plastic Plate now fitted - March 2013). 2010: Empty. 2011: Nesting failed - 5 Tit eggs. 2012: Empty. 2013: Not checked. 2014: No survey. 2015: Box found on ground, no nest. Now put back on tree about 6 feet up.

Nest Box 6 (GPS - N5137242 W030098) Located high (about 14 feet up) on tree at the back of the Plantation, sponsored by Jill Kempster - 2008 & 2009: Empty. Entrance hole has been pecked a bit wider (Plastic Plate now fitted - March 2013). 2010: Empty. 2011: Successful brooding. 2012: Successful brooding. White egg shell (Blue Tit?) remains. 2013: Not checked. 2014: No survey. 2015: Nest found, probably successful - 3 skeletons found – sizeable, possible Great Tits (Photo by Adrian Lee may be found on Web Site gallery and Facebook forum).

Nest Box 7 (GPS - N5137312 W030192) Located by the Pond / Old feeding site, sponsored by Mr & Mrs Turner - 2008: Blue Tits nested and bred. 2009: Evidence of Blue Tit nesting. Entrance hole pecked a little. 2010: Roosting only, bird type unknown - nesting material inside may have been trampled down flat by maturing chicks. 2011: Empty. Not checked. 2013: Not checked. 2014: No survey but Great Tit photographed (see Web Site gallery under ‘boxes’) at entrance of nest box on dead tree by the pond in March. 2015: Cupped Tit nest, no shells.

Nest Box 8 (GPS - N5137263 W030181) Located by the junction of the pathways to the Shell and Rotunda hides, sponsored by Mr & Mrs Stevens - 2008 and 2009: Nesting attempted (by Blue or Great Tits). 2010: Blue Tits bred - two eggs left. 2011 & 2012: Failed nesting attempt. 2013: Nesting material only. 2014: No survey. 2015: Evidence of nesting. No egg shells.

Nest Box 9 (GPS - N5137108 W030180) Located by the Sluice (left of the bridge), currently not sponsored - 2008: Great/Blue Tits nested. 2009: Empty. Great Tits were seen using it. Entrance hole OK. 2010: Great Tits bred. 2011: Nesting failed. Hole needs repairing (slight damage) (Tin Plate now fitted - March 2013). 2012: Nesting attempted. 2013: Nesting material only. 2014: No survey. 2015: No nesting evidence.

Nest Box 10 (GPS - N5137129 W030162) Located 30 yards before the Sluice Hide, currently not sponsored - 2008: Not recorded. 2009: Blue Tits nested/bred (2 died in the nest). Entrance hole OK. 2010: Roosting only - nesting material inside may have been trampled down flat by maturing chicks. 2011: Empty. 2012: A good nest with broken egg shells but no feathers. (Wire catch on lid replaced March 2013). 2013: Nesting material only. 2014: No survey. 2015: No nesting. Box damaged, removed early in year and replaced with Nest Box 10a lower on same tree:
Nest Box 10a (GPS - N5137129 W030162) – Replacement of Nest Box 10 in 2015. Located 30 yards before the Sluice Hide, currently not sponsored. 2015: Great Tit successfully nested. 1 unbroken egg left.

Nest Box 11 (GPS - N5137??? W030???) Located on Oak Tree by the Barn Owl Flower Meadow, sponsored by Ann and Michael Dent - 2008: Great/Blue Tits nested. 2009: Empty. Entrance hole OK. 2010: Empty. 2011: Successful. 1 body. 2012: Successful. Eggs shells. 2013: Nesting material only. 2014: No survey. 2015: No nest, roof damaged. Removed for roof to be replaced and box to be put up for next year (Done Feb 2016).

Nest Box 12 (GPS - N5137123 W030176) Located high on tree by the Kingfisher Hide near Sluice, sponsored by Maddie Jones - 2008: Wren nested. 2009: Great Tits nested/bred (3 died in the nest). Entrance hole OK. 2010: 4 dead Tits (species?) & 1 egg. 2011: Successful - Great Tits. 2012: A good nest but with no egg shells or feathers present. 2013: Damaged Box to be repaired. 2014: No survey. 2015: No nesting. Box damaged, to be removed. Replaced with Nest Box 12a lower on same tree:
Nest Box 12a (GPS - N5137123 W030176) – Replacement of Nest Box 12 in 2015. Located low on tree by the Kingfisher Hide near Sluice, sponsored by Maddie Jones. 2015: Moss only in box – no nesting.

Nest Box 13 (GPS - N5137273 W030166) Located at the footpath edge of the Plantation, sponsored by tbc - New box 2009: Empty. (Entrance hole pecked wide - repaired March 2013). 2010: Empty. 2011: Nesting (1 dead Great Tit). 2012: Used by Blue/Great Tits - one white and brown speckled egg left in nest. 2013: Empty. 2014: No survey. 2015: No evidence of nesting, however Great Tit recorded using box on 4th May.

Nest Box 14 (GPS - N5137227 W030215) Located on the Double-decker Hide, sponsored by Geoff Lapworth - 2008: Blue Tits nested/bred (4 died in the nest). 2009: Empty. Entrance hole pecked. 2010: Tits nested but deserted 8 eggs. 2011 & 2012: Successfully used by Great Tits. 1 creamy white brown speckled egg in nest. 2013: Nesting material only. 2014: No survey but Great Tit recorded and photographed taking food into box in mid-May and was photographed exiting the hole c May 19th 2014 by Keith Pursall (Photo may be found on the Maple Lodge Web Site gallery (under ‘Boxes’) and on the Maple Lodge Facebook Forum). 2015: Moss in Box but no cup in moss. No reported sightings of usage.

Nest Box 15 (GPS - N5137222 W030189) Located at back of the Plantation, sponsored by Jill Lynch and Diane - 2008: Nesting attempted. 2009: Evidence of nesting and predation. Entrance hole has been pecked and currently very large. 2010: Empty. 2011: Failed attempt. Box found on ground - to be put up for next year. 2012: Empty - replaced on tree at back of plantation near bench. 2013: Empty. 2014: No survey. 2015: Empty.

Nest Box 16 (GPS - N5137221 W030187) Located towards the Double-decker Hide (near the bat boxes), sponsored by Keith & Jan Pursall - 2008: Nesting attempted but predated. 2009: Tits nested (1 egg left - Blue Tit?). Entrance hole is OK. 2010: 2 dead Tits. 2011: Success but 3 chicks and 1 adult Great Tit died. 2012: Failed attempt. 2013: Empty. 2014: No survey. 2015: This was checked when the nearby bat boxes were checked and as it was damaged it was taken down. To be replaced.

Nest Box 17 (GPS - N5137219 W030185) - Near to Nest Box 16. 2012: Successful Tit nest. 2013: Empty. 2014: No survey. 2015: Tits possibly nested. No shells.

Nest Box 18 (GPS - N5137234 W030129) Located front of Plantation facing pathway towards Teal Hide, sponsored by Sue Walker. Box is sealed so not possible to check contents. 2010: Used by Tits. 2011 & 2012: Observed being used by Tits. 2013: Unable to access box. 2014: No survey. NB: Undated but pre 2015 photos on the Maple Lodge Web Site gallery page (under ‘Boxes’) show a Wren entering this box to possibly roost. 2015: Replaced with ‘accessible’ Nest Box 18a:
Nest Box 18a (GPS - N5137233 W030132) Replacement of Nest Box 18 in 2015. Located front of Plantation facing pathway towards Teal Hide, sponsored by Sue Walker. 2015: Nest started but not finished.

Nest Box 19 (GPS - N5137229 W030263) Located opposite the Sanctuary Hide (moved from near the Rotunda Hide in 2011), sponsored by Ken Baker - 2008: Blue Tits nested/bred (3 died in the nest). 2009 & 2010: Empty (Hole pecked). 2011: Successful nesting - Great Tits. 2012: Empty. (New box sited low, opposite Sanctuary Hide - March 2013). 2013: Nesting material – box occupied by 2 Shrews at time of survey. 2014: No survey but Blue Tits recorded using this box in mid-March. Blue Tit photographed looking out of the entrance hole on 14th Mar 2014 by Jackie Brunt (Photo is on Maple Lodge Web Site gallery (under ‘Boxes’) and on the Maple Lodge Facebook Forum. 2015: Mossy nest possibly used by Tits.

Nest Box 20 (GPS - N5137260 W030148) (for wren or robin sized birds). Located approx 5 yards from footpath, opposite the start of the Plantation, sponsored by tbc - 2010: Box content not checked. 2011: Tit sp probably nested. 2012: Tit nest. (Hole still to repair). 2013: Nesting material. 2014: No survey. 2015: An old nest removed.

Nest Box 21 (GPS - N5137256 W030183). Located by the junction of the pathways to the Teal and Rotunda hides – added in 2015 near to box 8. Approx six feet up. No current sponsor. 2015: Evidence of nesting with one Great Tit egg remaining.

Nest Box 57 (GPS – N5137322 W030187) Replaced Nest Box K which was removed in 2011. Nest Box 57 is a new 4 chamber box sited on far end of Lean-to in March 2013. Not currently sponsored. 2013: Empty. 2014: No survey. 2015: All chambers empty.


Other Nest Box Results - (None currently sponsored, nor actually all lettered).

Nest Box A (GPS - N5137310 W030177) (Removed 2011 / Replaced with ex donations box 2013). Was located near Notice Board and bleached tree, now on bleached tree. 2008: Not recorded. 2009: Empty. Entrance hole damaged. 2010: Empty. 2011: Box not useable - removed. 2013: New box sited on bleached tree. Unable to check. 2014: No survey but photo (on Web Site gallery) taken by Martin Parr of Blue Tit at box entrance in 2014. 2015: Hole slightly damaged. Lid is screwed down, so requires screwdrivers to open it. Tit nest was found. Probably successful - A Blue Tit was seen coming out of the box on 4th April and one photographed by Keith Pursall c May 19th 2015 –Photo is on Maple Lodge Web Site gallery (under ‘Boxes’) and on the Maple Lodge Facebook Forum.

Nest Box B (GPS - N5137166 W030186) Located 15 yards left of Teal Hide, approx 15 feet up on tree. 2008: Not recorded. 2009: Failed clutch of 6 Great Tit (?) eggs. 2010: Empty. 2011: Good nest. Probably successful. 2012: Probably successful - two Great Tit eggs remained. 2013: Empty. 2014: No survey. 2015: Tit Nest – possibly successful. Roof has a large hole so should be repaired.

Owl Nest Box C1 (GPS – N5137119 W030285) Located on old Long Hedge Oak Tree - an older box than below C2 box. 2008: Not recorded. 2009: Not checked but believed unused. 2010 & 2011 & 2012 & 2013: Empty / unused. 2014: No survey. 2015: In state of disrepair – should be removed.

Owl Nest Box C2 (GPS - N5137115 W030283) Located on old Long Hedge Oak Tree - a newer box than above C1 box. 2008: Not recorded. 2009: Not checked but believed unused. 2010: Unused. 2011 & 2012: Unused - Nothing observed. 2013: Empty. 2014: No survey. 2015: Unused - Nothing observed using it.

Barn Owl Nest Box D (GPS - N5137108 W030217) Located on pole in Wildflower Meadow. 2008: Barn Owls. 2009: Not checked but no sign of breeding recorded. 2010: 2 Barn Owl chicks reared. 2011 & 2012: Checked March 2013 - had 1" of droppings inside. Stock Dove maybe? (One seen leaving a couple of times). 2014: No survey but occupied in July by Barn Owls with young suspected in August and two juveniles recorded in September. 2015: No reported usage this year, however a Stock Dove was recorded on 4th April in this box.

Nest Box E (GPS - N5137081 W030181) Located in the Paddock. 2008: Not recorded. 2009: A damp nest (Blue Tit?). Entrance hole pecked. 2010: Empty. 2011: Tits nested successfully. 2012: Tit nest with droppings. Possibly successful. 2013: Empty. Entrance hole picked at – to repair. 2014: No survey. 2015: Damaged beyond repair – taken down. To be replaced.

Little Owl Nest Box F (GPS - N5137063 W030212) Located by Lynsters Hide. 2008: Not recorded. 2009: Full of dead leaves - possibly by Squirrels. 2010: Empty. 2011: Just a few flattened leaves - not a nest. 2012: Box missing! - replaced on different nearby tree 2013 (as below ->):
Little Owl, Stock Dove or Parakeet etc Nest Box F (GPS - N5137051 W030219) Located on tree near Lynsters Hide. 2013: New Box F missing?? 2014: No survey. 2015: Damaged beyond repair – to be taken down and replaced.

2 (Tree Sparrow) Nest Boxes (G & H) Located along Long Hedge on tree by fence beside Lynsters Field. 2008: 1 empty & 1 attempted.
Nest Box G (GPS - N5137091 W030205) - The higher box. 2009: Blue Tit nested. 1 egg left. 2010: Had Tits nesting. 2011 & 2012 & 2013: Empty. 2014: No survey. 2015: Some moss but no nest. Roof should be repaired.

Nest Box H (GPS - N5137091 W030205) - The lower box. 2009: Attempted Blue Tit nesting. 2010: Had Tits nesting. 2011: Failed Tit attempt. 3 bodies. 2012: Wasp nest. (Box had fallen - refixed to tree in March 2013). 2013: Empty. 2014: No survey. 2015: Old (possibly 2014) nesting material but not a completed nest.

2 (Tree Sparrow) Nest Boxes (I & J) Located between our stream in Paddock and Lynsters Field. 2008: Both with (Tit?) nests.
Nest Box I (GPS - N5137090 W030196) - The left-hand box. 2009: Empty. 2010: Had Tits nesting. 2011: Possible Tit nesting. 2012: Empty. (Box had fallen - refixed to tree in March 2013). 2013: Some nesting material but unsuccessful. 2014: No survey. 2015: Tit nest started but no cup.

Nest Box J (GPS - N5137090 W030196) - The right-hand box. 2009: Wasp's nest inside. 2010 Empty. 2011: Empty. 2012: Nesting attempted. 2013: Some nesting material but unsuccessful. 2014: No survey. 2015: Some nesting material but unsuccessful.

Nest Box K (removed in 2013) was a single box located by the Clubhouse next to the Ivy covered tree. 2008: Not recorded. 2009: Nest found (which may have been from a previous year). Gaping entrance hole. 2010: Fallen into disrepair. 2011: Removed. 2013: Replaced with Nest Box 57 at end of Lean-to.

House Sparrow (Clubhouse) Nest Box L (GPS - N5137333 W030177) with 3 nesting chambers located on the Clubhouse under the eaves. 2008: Not recorded. 2009: All empty. 2010: 1 of 3 chambers used by Tits. 2011: 1 attempt, 2 empty. 2012: Not checked. 2013: Empty. 2014: No survey. 2015: Left chamber had evidence of (Tit) nesting. Middle chamber was empty. Right chamber had some old evidence of (Tit) nesting.

Tawny Owl Nest Box M (GPS - N5137246 W030176) New for 2010 located on tree near 'dump' near corner of pathway towards D/D hide. 2010: Empty -unused. 2011 & 2012: Not used. 2013: Empty. 2014: No survey. 2015: No evidence of occupation or reported sightings. Consider repositioning.

Treecreeper Nest Box N (GPS - N5137322 W030193) Located on tree in corner of Clubhouse feeding site. 2010: Empty so far. Unused. 2011 & 2012: Empty. 2013: Not checked. 2014: No survey. 2015: Empty.

Treecreeper Nest Box O (GPS - N5137296 W030168) New 2011, located on tree opposite path to bee hives. 2011: Empty. 2012: Empty. 2013: Box Missing? 2014: No survey. 2015: Located on tree on right-hand side, just inside entrance of New Woodland Walk. Nothing seen.

Little Owl Nest Box P (GPS - N5137309 W030196) New 2011, located on tree behind Woodshed pond. 2011: Mossy nesting material - bird identity unknown. 2012 & 2013: Not checked. 2014: No survey. 2015: Needs Repair.

4 (Stock Dove) Nest Boxes (Q-T) Located on Marsh Lake island. New late spring 2011.
Nest Box Q (GPS - TO DO ) - Viewed straight ahead from Sanctuary Hide. 2011 & 2012: No observed usage so far. 2013: One of these 4 boxes with nest (successful), the others empty. 2014: No survey. 2015: Not visible – may have blown down – to be checked.

Nest Box R (GPS - TO DO ) - Viewed c30 degrees right from Sanctuary Hide. 2011 & 2012: No observed usage so far. 2013: One of these 4 boxes with nest (successful), the others empty. 2014: No survey. 2015: Not visible – may have blown down – to be checked.

Nest Box S (GPS - TO DO ) - Viewed from Shell Hide. Left-hand box of S/T pair. 2011 & 2012: No observed usage so far. 2013: One of these 4 boxes with nest (successful), the others empty. 2014: No survey. 2015: No observed / reported usage.

Nest Box T (GPS - TO DO ) - Viewed from Shell Hide. Right-hand box of S/T pair. 2011 & 2012: No observed usage so far. 2013: One of these 4 boxes with nest (successful), the others empty. 2014: No survey. 2015: No observed / reported usage.

Little Owl Nest Box U (GPS - N5137160 W030177) New late 2011, located on Poplar c100 yards from Teal Hide. 2011: New box, open front. 2012: Not checked. 2013: Box Missing? 2014: No survey. 2015: Just leaves and some hairs, probably squirrel.

Kestrel Nest Box V (GPS - N5137138 W030175) New 2011, located near Sluice Hide when new but moved further right in 2012 after the original Poplar fell. 2011 & 2012: Not used. 2013: Empty. 2014: No survey. 2015: Not used.

Tawny Owl Nest Box W (GPS - N5137308 W030174) c20' up Ivy covered (road side) tree opposite Woodshed. Successfully used by Tawny Owls years ago nearly every year but not since. 2009 - 2013 inclusive: Not used. 2014: No survey. 2015: Not used.

Near Ground Nest Box X (GPS - N5137164 W030435) Located underneath Shell Hide. 2012 & 2013: Not checked. 2014: No survey. 2015: Box in excellent condition but appears never to have been used.


Others to check/update:

Nest Box Y? 2015: Unsure which box this is or where – Recheck. [Possibly it is Box O].


NB: The 2015 bird nest box survey was carried out by members of the Work Party on November 14th and December 5th 2015.




Bat Box Results for 2015

Maple Lodge is home to a number of species of bat.

2010-2014: We did not enter or disturb Bat Boxes due to lack of license.

2015: A group including Patty and Brian Briggs, who have licenses, surveyed the boxes this year. Those towards the Double Decker hide were all unused and damaged, so they were taken down. We were advised the entrances were too big (16mm max) and also advised on new sites for these by species and box type. When funds are available, they are to be replaced with new boxes.
One other suggestion was to put a double skin up under the Long Hedge Hide roof and drill holes in from the side to create a bat roosting site there. This ideally should be done now (Nov 2015) if at all possible.

Just for the records we had 2 bird nests in the above bat boxes:
a) A Treecreeper (recorded as nesting in bat box 10th May) in one on the corner by the Double Decker hide (Photo by Gary Armstrong c 12th May may be found on Web Site gallery (under ‘Boxes’) and Maple Lodge Facebook Forum), and
b) A Wren in one on the ash tree by the lean-to.

There is possibly still a bat box in the old bandstand area – to recheck.



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