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Bird Bricks by Fanny Hofstra

City birds depend on buildings for shelter, but today’s buildings are so well insulated that birds have difficulty finding places to construct nests. The house martin, spotted flycatcher and house sparrow are now all listed as endangered species. It is for these birds that Fanny Hofstra designed her Bird Bricks: components that contain nesting space. The bricks are set into the walls during construction. Bird Bricks meet all requirements of the birds as well as building regulations. Once city birds nest somewhere, they return every year and their young take over their nests when they grow up

Fanny Hofstra