About Our 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.

All our FSC® certified products are identified with a tick tree logo.

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

Birch Log Open Nest Box

Siting your 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.

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.

Hygiene

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!

Which nest box?

Our nest boxes come in a range of shapes and sizes to suit the needs of different species. The hole size is the main way of determining the species you will attract to your 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
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