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Choosing your box

We realise that working out which box you require can be daunting with the number of different boxes that we produce. 

If you are considering a camera nest box, please click here for general information, or here for a comparison of our 3 different models of nest box cameras. 

If you would like to check what a particular term or word we have used means, please have a look at the glossary.

Otherwise, please read on. 

 

The first issue which we suggest you consider is what species are you trying to encourage and provide accommodation for. Once you have an idea of the species you are trying to encourage then we suggest that you look on our list below and follow the links to the appropriate box from our range. It’s worth noting that some species will not nest or roost in artificial boxes and our list just shows which birds and mammals are most likely to take up residence. If you don’t have specific species that you want to encourage but would like to see more birds nesting in your garden then we’d suggest that you put up a mix of small bird boxes with differing hole sizes (Small Bird Nest Box or Apex Bird Box) and some open fronted boxes (Apex Robin Box or Robin Nest Box). This will provide accommodation for a wide variety of species depending on the species which are present in your garden and the surrounding area. Alternatively if you fancy making some boxes you could buy a mixed pack of Bird Box Kits. Please give us a call on +44 (0) 1675 442299 or email us at info@nesbox.co.uk.

BIRDS

Species

Suggested Boxes

Notes

Blue Tit

Small Bird Nest Box

Apex Bird Box

Prefer 25mm hole.

Site box 1m to 5m above ground with clear flight path to entrance

Great Tit

Small Bird Nest Box

Apex Bird Box

 

Prefer 28mm hole.

Site box 1m to 5m above ground with clear flight path to entrance

Coal Tit

Small Bird Nest Box

Apex Bird Box

Prefer 25mm hole with box low down (less than 1m to ground)

House Sparrow

Sparrow Terrace

House Sparrow Nest Box

32mm hole with box over 2m above ground. They nest colonially so one box on own is unlikely to attract a pair.

Marsh Tit

Small Bird Nest Box

Apex Bird Box

25mm hole with box close to the ground (c. 1m)

Nuthatch

Small Bird Nest Box

Apex Bird Box

32mm hole with box sited over 3m high with clear flight path to entrance

Pied Flycatcher

Small Bird Nest Box

Apex Bird Box

28mm hole with box 2m-4m above ground

Redstart

Small Bird Nest Box

Apex Bird Box

Mount box 1m -3m above ground

Tree Sparrow

Tree Sparrow Nest Box

28mm hole with box over 2m above ground. These birds are semi-colonial so best to put up at least two boxes

Pied Wagtail

Robin Nest Box

Apex Robin Box

Site box up to 5m above ground. Best sited where lawn and water are nearby.

Robin

Robin Nest Box

Apex Robin Box

Try to position the box in thick overhanging vegetation with good cover.

Spotted Flycatcher

Robin Nest Box

Apex Robin Box

Site box 2m-4m above ground with clear outlook but some cover around box.

Swift

Swift Nest Box

Place the nest box as high as possible on the building with a clear drop below.

Kestrel

Kestrel Nest Box

As high as you can get the box (ideally 5m) with a clear flight path to the entrance.

Starling

Starling Nest Box

Ideally over 2.5m above ground. Starlings are semi colonial so if you can put up a couple on adjacent trees or building you may find they all get occupied.

Jackdaw

Large Bird Box

Try to get the nest box as high as possible (5m +)

Barn Owl

Barn Owl Nest Box

Eco Barn Owl Nest Box

Position the box 4m high ideally with clear flight path to the entrance

Tawny Owl

Tawny Owl Nest Box

Position the box at least 2.5m high with clear flight path to the entrance in a quite undisturbed location.

Treecreeper

Treecreeper Nest Box

Place on the trunk of a large tree ideally with some cover nearby.

Goldeneye

Large Bird Box

Place near lakes on bankside trees, around 3m from ground.

Goosander

Large Bird Box

Place near rivers or lakes on bankside trees, at least 3m from ground.

 

 If you are still not sure we’d be happy to discuss your requirements and advise you.  Please give us a call on +44 (0) 1675 442299 or email us at mail@nestbox.co.uk

 

 

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