Great Tit Webcam

The Great Tit is one of our most familiar garden birds, and now you've got the chance to see how they raise their young. These delightful birds typically lay between seven and nine eggs, with laying normally starting in late March, although some individuals may not do so until July.

As small birds, Great Tits' incubation time is relatively short at around two weeks, and chicks are normally fledged within three weeks of hatching. You can help your local Great Tits raise their young this spring by providing them with a combination of seeds, peanuts and live food.

We hope that you enjoy watching our webcams, the feeds for which were kindly provided by the Beleef de Lente Project, courtesy of Vogelbescherming Nederland and so some multilingual messages may appear on occasion.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why does the Great Tit form a ‘fluffy ball’ when sleeping in the box at night?

    The Great Tit will ‘fluff up’ and spread their feathers wide when sleeping to protect them from the cold, during the night the temperature can drop significantly. When the feathers are spread it isolates the air, and so this trapped air is then warmed by their body heat, which then keeps them warm. Many birds do this, especially at night, that’s why we sometimes see plump robins during the colder days.

  2. How many eggs will a Great Tit lay?

    A Great Tit will usually lay between 7-9 eggs, but they have been known to have clutches as big as 15.

  3. When will the Great Tit begin incubation?

    Many birds do not start incubation immediately. Great Tits usually start after laying the 6th – 8th egg.

  4. I would like to put up a nest box for my garden birds, where should I site it for best results?

    The best height for your nest box is widely accepted as being between 1.5m and 5.5m high (5ft - 18ft respectively). However, if your area has a particularly high cat population it is best to site your box even higher.

    If you only have an exposed site to offer, face the box somewhere between north through east to southeast, avoiding prevailing winds and strong sunlight. If siting in woodland, the dry side of the tree trunk offers the most protection. By their nature, open nest boxes require more cover; siting them near to climbing plants where they can be partially obscured is ideal. Siting your nest box near vegetation also aids young birds taking their first flights as it gives them both physical support and good cover.

    A clear flight path into the box works best and avoid sites such as the top of fences that make it easier for predators to get at the box.

  5. How often should I clean my nest box?

    Cleaning the boxes out at the end of each breeding season will encourage them to be used again in future years. As the nesting time of birds varies from species to species we suggest you wait until October when the last of the birds will have left. The nest may come out easily but if there are any deposits scrape them out, minding the dust as you go. We recommend using hot water rather than chemicals to remove any parasites that remain. As a final word of caution, take care when opening your nest box as other species such as bats, wasps and bumblebees may have started to use the nest!

  6. Does the colour of my nest box matter?

    Although birds recognise colours, the colour of the nest box does not matter. However, birds prefer a breeding place that is as natural as possible. They do this in order not to be noticed by predators.

  7. Will my nest box be used straight away?

    Although you may want to see your new nest box used immediately, this is actually quite rare.

    Birds like to 'check them out' first to become accustomed to them and to ensure that they are suitable. Don't give up though as the sight of newly fledged chicks is well worth the wait! Nest boxes erected before the breeding season begins (February) are therefore more likely to be used.

  8. I’m having trouble viewing the cameras?

    Visitors sometimes experience technical problems when trying to view the live stream cameras. A multi-lingual message usually appears on the camera display if we are aware of the issues. Please be patient, we will try and get the feeds back up and running as soon as we can.

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