About Our Nest Boxes

Nest Box

Everything you need to know about nest boxes…

We pride ourselves on supplying a vast range of nest boxes to meet all needs, from simple wooden boxes for common garden species to specialist boxes for rare bird species.

All our nest boxes are carefully assessed by our team of ornithologists to ensure that they are the optimum size for the species for which they are intended.

Our boxes are easy to put up and clean and can be used in most habitats.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long does a nest box last?

    How long a nest box will last depends on the material it is made of and what treatment it has undergone. We give 10 years warranty on our WoodStone nest boxes. These nest boxes are made of a mixture of wood fibre and concrete. Besides the fact that this material is weather-resistant, it also has an insulating effect. As a result, there are fewer temperature fluctuations in the nest box and this increases the hatching result.

    All our wooden nest boxes are made of at least 18mm thick wood. Then they are finished with a paint or varnish layer in order to limit weathering. We also have a series of nest boxes with burned wood. In addition to the decorative effect of this thermal treatment, there is also a chemical change in the structure of the wood, which increases the durability.

  2. Which birds use which type of nest box?

    Each bird has its preference for a particular nest box. The entrance opening is a determining factor. There are also birds that prefer an open or semi-open nest box and some birds will never choose a nest box. Use this guide to help your selection:

    Hole SizeSuitable for
    28mm Blue, Coal, Great, Crested, Marsh & Willow Tits, Pied Flycatcher and Tree Sparrow
    32mm House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Great Tit, Crested Tit, Nuthatch, Pied Flycatcher
    34mm House Sparrow, Nuthatch and Redstart
    Oval House Sparrow, Nuthatch and Redstart
    45mm Starling and Great Spotted Woodpecker
    70mm Little Owl
    80mm Stock Dove and Jackdaw
    200mm Stockdove, Tawny Owl, Goosander, Jackdaw & Goldeneye
    Open Robin, Wren (if well hidden), Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart and Black Redstart, Pied & Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush & Blackbird
  3. Where should I site my nest box?

    The best height for your nest box is widely accepted as being between 1.5m and 5.5m high (5ft - 18ft respectively). However, if your area has a particularly high cat population it is best to site your box even higher.

    If you only have an exposed site to offer, face the box somewhere between north through east to southeast, avoiding prevailing winds and strong sunlight. If siting in woodland, the dry side of the tree trunk offers the most protection. By their nature, open nest boxes require more cover; siting them near to climbing plants where they can be partially obscured is ideal. Siting your nest box near vegetation also aids young birds taking their first flights as it gives them both physical support and good cover.

    A clear flight path into the box works best and avoid sites such as the top of fences that make it easier for predators to get at the box.

  4. How often should I clean my nest box?

    Cleaning the boxes out at the end of each breeding season will encourage them to be used again in future years. As the nesting time of birds varies from species to species we suggest you wait until October when the last of the birds will have left. The nest may come out easily but if there are any deposits scrape them out, minding the dust as you go. We recommend using hot water rather than chemicals to remove any parasites that remain. As a final word of caution, take care when opening your nest box as other species such as bats, wasps and bumblebees may have started to use the nest! If you want to know more about our biodegradable and disinfecting liquids, click here.

  5. Does the colour of my nest box matter?

    Although birds recognise colours, the colour of the nest box does not matter. However, birds prefer a breeding place that is as natural as possible. They do this in order not to be noticed by predators.

  6. Will my nest box be used straight away?

    Although you may want to see your new nest box used immediately, this is actually quite rare.

    Birds like to 'check them out' first to become accustomed to them and to ensure that they are suitable. Don't give up though as the sight of newly fledged chicks is well worth the wait! Nest boxes erected before the breeding season begins (February) are therefore more likely to be used.



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