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Action and test object
for further construction/development
For more than 60 years, we at SCHWEGLER have been developing trendsetting nesting devices together with ornithologists, scientists, ornithological stations, nature conservationists and professional users. Close contact and exchange of experience between practice and theory is an important factor to acquire further knowledge and to enable us to offer new solutions.
The new SCHWEGLER Woodpecker Cavity 1SH has proven its worth as a roost cavity in test series to date. Extensive long-term results on their use as breeding cavities can only be achieved in national practical trials – for this reason, this nest cavity is offered broadly as an explicit test and campaign item, so that potential users are given a product, in order to extend research to date.
Woodpeckers do not usually move into artificial nest cavities to breed. These nest cavities are only used by woodpeckers as a roost cavity to sleep in. Many years ago, successful tests showed that different species of birds, such as woodpeckers, as well as the willow tit, only accept nest boxes if they are able to peck out part of it (just like in a natural cavity in rotten willow).
To obtain further data and results, we are offering to supply a modular test box, with the objective of developing an optimum, artificial breeding cavity for woodpeckers. Changes, adaptations and suggestions for improvements received during the project will be incorporated in the design of the nest box, so that these are quickly tested in practice.
Tests during recent years, for example, to slightly close the exit holes only, to fit a wooden board, etc., so that the woodpecker pecks open the exit hole later, were not successful in practice, or rather these types of cavity were not accepted. For this reason, a solid, replaceable inner core made of rigid foam has been installed in the 1SH. This enables woodpeckers to build a complete cavity themselves, just like it is their nature to do.
Another observation also encouraged development of the new SCHWEGLER woodpecker cavity 1SH: The behaviour of woodpeckers who none to seldom peck at the rigid foam insulation of house façades to make themselves a roost or even a breeding cavity there. Reinstating the building‘s thermal insulation often requires expensive repair and remedial work with time-consuming and expensive scaffolding or even aerial work platforms. The new type of SCHWEGLER woodpecker cavity 1SH could provide a remedy.
Based on the dimensions of a black woodpecker‘s cavity, it is fitted with a replaceable inner core, which is adapted to the needs of woodpeckers and can be pecked out. The entrance hole, optimised especially for native woodpeckers, with patented retaining profile and projection, combined with SCHWEGLER concrete wood, tried and tested for decades, all ensure that the animals are safe secure while creating the cavity.
If attached to façades the SCHWEGLER woodpecker cavity 1SH provides an opportunity to encourage great spotted and green woodpeckers to move in and to divert their attention away from the façade as a pecking surface. In this case it is advisable to install the box in the immediate vicinity of the areas of the façade preferred by the birds (i.e. where they peck) and/or at the corners of the house. The low weight of the 1SH makes it very easy to attach securely.
In open country, for example, on industrial wasteland, in military training areas, etc. there are usually many ants, the main food of the great spotted woodpecker.
However, such areas often lack suitable trees in which to build a cavity. Here, too, a test could show whether green and great spotted woodpeckers and possibly even black woodpeckers, build a safe breeding cavity in the 1SH. The breeding chamber with the core made by the woodpeckers can be used in subsequent years by wrynecks, little owls, starlings, etc. as new tenants.
It is also possible to replace the used (pecked) inner core in order to create a new woodpecker cavity. If the nest cavity is not accepted by woodpeckers in some areas, by removing the inner core it is possible to create a breeding cavity for stock pigeons, boreal owls, jackdaws, hoopoes, etc. Furthermore, with an intact, unused core, the 1SH can also be very interesting for other animal species, e.g. the willow tit, in order to create their own breeding cavity in there, just like the woodpecker.
Hanging up: Using the integrated hanger. On house walls approx. 8 m high or in areas of façades, that have already been pecked at by woodpeckers. In open areas on vertical structures at a height of 5 – 6 metres.
Preferred areas: Black woodpecker: Forest areas with old trees.
Green woodpecker: open landscapes with sun-drenched meadows with plenty of ants.
Wryneck: prefers areas with scattered fruit trees.
Middle spotted woodpecker: extensive oak forests.
Checking & cleaning: The front panel and floor can be removed without tools; the inner core can be removed. Checks should not be made until the young birds have left the cavity, when not before you are sure that the cavity is occupied. It is only necessary to remove the inner core if the cavity is to be used again by woodpeckers. However, a new inner core can be ordered at any time as a spare part for a very reasonable price. If the used or pecked core is left in the cavity, it provides a place for other animal species to nest and breed.
Material: SCHWEGLER concrete wood, rigid foam inner core, zinced hanger and zinced toggle latch.
Dimensions: Outer dimensions approx. l 25 cm x H 46 cm plus metal hanger. Breeding chamber approx. Ø 20 cm x H 32 cm (without inner core).
Exit hole 80 x 90 mm (other sizes available on request - 10% surcharge).
Colour: Classic brown (light grey also available on request).
Weight: approx. 10 kg.