I have now completed all the checks of boxes ready for the spring and put three boxes back up that had been languishing in the grass. One of these (box 8) had been missing since autumn 2016 so I was pleased to find it and put it back up. It looked like it had been used by mice and strangely, there were rabbit pellets on top of it. Do rabbits usually do that?
Box 16, which lives in the hedge between Monks and Cooperative Woods, had dropped down to the ground. It had one small white egg inside, very cold and clearly left over from last year. I hope the best of the brood (if there was one) was more successful.
I've already seen our garden birds flirting and displaying territorial behaviour, so hopefully it won't be long before there are new occupants in the boxes.