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Choosing the right nestbox for your garden birds

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Should I buy a nest box?

This is an interesting question. Using a nest box can be a very rewarding experience, especially considering there are many locations around Britain with a lack of suitable vegetation for nesting. It's typically common for certain species of bird to nest in holes and crevices of trees, and when these aren't readily available, using a nestbox can be of benefit for birds visiting and staying in your garden.

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Furthermore, there are regular fluctuations in the the populations of birds species across Britain i.e. some decline while some increase, and vice versa. Consider this before purchasing a nestbox, as you could really do your bit to prevent such declines in your area.

Top Nestbox tips

1. Do not locate your nest box(es) too closely in the vicinity of other nestboxes

2. Maintain a distance between the nest box and your feeder(s), as this could disturb the birds in the box

3. Ensure your nestbox is protected from the weather

4. Try to make sure the height from ground is 3 metres (see chart below)

5. If you use an open-fronted nest box, ensure it is well covered behind vegetation

6. Make sure your nest box is not accessible for cats

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Nestbox locations

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.

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Hole Size

A bird box with a smaller hole is ideal for blue tits.


Similar to blue tits, but with a slightly larger hole in the nestbox.


House martins are famed for living under the eaves of houses, so ideally you would want a nest cup.

Articial nestbox under the eave

House sparrows typically use nestboxes with 32mm holes, but since they are a communal species can also use a colony nestbox.


Nuthatches use a nestbox with a smaller hole.


Robins typically require an open-fronted nestbox that should be hidden behind vegetation.

Open-fronted nestbox

As starlings are slightly larger birds, the nestbox hole would ideally be approximately 45mm.


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