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A Turkish company has found the perfect solution to millions of birds in urban areas: bird’s nest roof tiles.
Turkish company is now manufacturing roof tiles that double as bird shelters
Today, some 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas,according to the UN. As a result, animals are forced to find ways to share these tight urban spaces with us humans, and it isn’t always straightforward. Birds are no exception. BoredPanda report that a creative design could be key to solving a decline in urban bird populations
The Turkish company Hitit Terra is now manufacturing these roof tiles that double as bird shelters
It all began when the Dutch product design agency Klaas Kuikencame up with the ideato design a roof tile that doubles as a bird house.The idea was pounced upon by Hitit Terra, a Turkish terracotta manufacturer based in the town of Çorum, which then started producing the bird nest tiles for the local communities.
Mahmoud Basic, the regional director for Turkish National Parks,tolda local news website that the tiles were to be produced and distributed to the people free of charge.
The Hitit Terra founders, Cengiz Başaranhıncal and Ali Arslan,saidthat the idea to produce bird nest tiles came after they saw the design on social media. Ali explained that the price of the tile online came out at around $70* which, in his opinion, was too high and they started making their own product for a local market.
*The Dutch tiles they are referring to are in fact more than twice that price, so wherever they saw them for $70 was a bargain.
Hitit Terra’s bird nest tiles were tested by Afyon Nature Conservation and the 5th Regional Directorate of National Parks and re-designed according to the demand. They now produce 5 different tile designs that accommodate different bird species.
Bird houses are rooted in Turkish history. Back in the times of the Ottoman Empire, people would build elaborate miniature palaces for the birds. Not only did they give animals shelter, they were also believed to grant good deeds to whoever built them.
A product that contributes to the increase of the bird population in cities and villages
In consultation with Vogelbescherming Nederland (Dutch organisation concerning the protection of birds), Klaas Kuiken originally developed “Vogelhuisjesdakpan” (the Birdhouse roof tile); the merge of a basic terracotta roof tile with the archetypal shape of a house. The result is a remarkable product that not only looks good, but also contributes to the increase of the bird population in cities and villages.
Inside the Birdhouse, underneath the roof tile, a carefully designed nesting basket made of wood and bird screen is attached. This nesting basket ensures good ventilation, prevents the birds from moving to other places underneath your roof and makes it really easy to clean the nest after a breeding period.
By installing one or more of these Birdhouse roof tiles, you ensure that birds are provided with a safe place to stay and raise their chicks. Instead of crawling under the rooftiles to build a nest, the birds can now linger in their own cozy cottage.
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