SITING YOUR NESTBOX depends on the species of bird you wish to attract to your garden. Sparrows, starlings and tits would much prefer to be in a nestbox that is two to four metres above the ground. There are a number of consideration for the location, including the direction of the sun throughout the day as well as rainy conditions. For instance, in order to avoid excessive sunlight, point the nestbox in a north easterly position and tilt the nestbox slightly forward so the rain slides off and avoids entering the nestbox.
For wrens and robins, open-fronted nestboxes will need to be lower to the ground just below 2m, but bear in mind they will need to be well hidden in vegetation, yet easily accessible
THE BEST TIME OF YEAR for putting up your nestbox is Autumn, just before the run up to winter. This will allow birds space for roosting and feeding.