Hi Richard, here’s my suggestions:
1) A quiet shady spot out of direct sunlight is best with the entrance south-facing. Make sure they have a secure exit, rather than being out in the open. They need to feel safe when they come out.
2) Put a few twigs/dry grass near the entrance to see if it’s been disturbed. Alternatively you could go the whole hog (sorry!) and buy a remote camera with night vision.
3) Not a good idea. If they have babies and you disturb the nest Mum may eat the babies.
4) Fill it with dry leaves and straw.
Hope this helps!
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