Best Practices

Let's Build More Brush Piles

Creation of brush piles for birds has been recommended as a management practice that provides escape cover from predators, loafing cover, nest sites, protection from inclement weather, and favorable sites for sprouting seeds that may offer future food and cover for birds.

Some research from Northern California indicates that high-use brush piles had greater area and height, were located closer to brambles, and consisted of fewer logs and more branches and limbs than low-use brush piles.

High-use brush piles had an area of about 35 square meters (equivalent to a diameter of 6.7 meters), a height of about 1 meter, a greater percentage of smaller twigs and branches, and placement relatively closer to high-quality natural cover.

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