Tag:man_made=nesting_site

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Description
A man made nesting aid that is mounted on a support device. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Environment
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: approvedPage for proposal

Wikidata

A man_made=nesting_site is man made device equipped with one or multiple nests, serving as an artificial nesting aid for wild animals (mostly birds), compensating the reduction of traditional nesting opportunities.

The tag value should be used only for man made, this means artificial nesting aids. It is not intended to be used for any kind of natural nests. It's also not meant for other man made devices that "accidently" carry an animal nest, e.g. like "misused" power towers and chimneys for bird nesting.

Optional Additional Tags

A man_made=nesting_site can be tagged without any additional information, but optionally, it often makes sense to give the following information:

  • Optionally, a support=* can be given to tell about the mounting of the nesting site, e.g. a pole or a wall.
  • The nesting site may be optionally specialized for the species, using species=*.
  • Additionally, a capacity=* can be given, as nesting sites with a different number of nests have been sighted.

Photos

Examples

Here's an example for a Common House Martin nesting colony mounted on a pole:

man_made=nesting_site
support=pole
species=Delichon urbicum
species:en=Common house martin
species:de=Mehlschwalbe
material=metal
capacity=44
name=Liberty City Bird Hotel

For a wall mounted nesting site a proper adaption may be:

man_made=nesting_site
support=wall_mounted
species:de=Rauchschwalbe
capacity=3

For an artifical white storks nesting site deployed on a roof the tagging may be:

man_made=nesting_site
support=roof
species=Ciconia ciconia
capacity=1

Recommendations and Guidelines of Usage

As already stated in the above, man_made=nesting_site should only be used for artificial nesting aids. Please think about possible consequences (e.g. vandalism) when tagging a nesting site. Use the following rules as a guideline:

  • You should map nesting sites that act as landmarks,
  • You should map well visible nesting site constructions in urban areas,
  • You should not map natural nesting sites,
  • You should not map nesting aids for endangered birds,
  • You should not map economically used animal nestings without asking the owner; these are not in the focus of this proposal, anyway,
  • You should not map bee hives or bee boles with the man_made=nesting_site tag, but use man_made=beehive instead,
  • You should not tag the species=* for endangered animals.

These guidelines are based on common mapping practice and ethics. Please also refer to the many discussions about this topics.