Providing a nest box in your garden is a great way to encourage bird activity and help support local populations.
The type of birds that may use a nest box in your garden can vary depending on your location and the type of nest box you have installed. Some of the most common UK garden birds known to use nest boxes are blue tits, great tits, house sparrows and robins.
We’ve been making nest boxes for 20 years and have perfected our designs to suit a wide variety of birds - from common garden birds, to larger birds of prey, such as owls and kestrels.
Our nest boxes are made from responsibly sourced Western Red Cedar and feature a removable front panel pre-drilled with a 32mm hole. They also include two metal entrance hole protective plates to prevent predators like woodpeckers from entering the nest box.
Where Should I Install My Nest Box?
Choosing the right location for your nest box is important; birds prefer a quiet and safe location for the nest box. Place the nest box in a secluded area away from human disturbance, such as foot traffic or noise. Different bird species prefer different heights for their nest box:
These small birds are common garden visitors in the UK and are known for their bright blue and yellow feathers. Blue tits prefer open woodland, parks and gardens, so to attract blue tits to your nest box, mount it on a tree, wall or fence 2-4 metres off the ground, in open areas with plenty of vegetation.
Smaller in size to blue tits (but similar in their nesting preference), great tits have a distinctive black and white head and are also frequent visitors to gardens.
These small, familiar brown birds are known for their distinctive chirping and are often found in urban areas. House sparrows prefer to nest in colonies and like open habitats with plenty of cover. For sparrows, mount your nest box on walls under the eaves of buildings, 1-3 metres off the ground, near gardens or areas with plenty of vegetation.
These friendly birds have a distinctive red breast and are known for their sweet singing. Mount your nest box on a wall, tree or in a shrub 1-2 metres off the ground, in a quiet and secluded spot. Robins prefer open-fronted nest boxes, so our nest box design takes this into account by featuring a removable front panel.
How Do I Attract Birds to My Nest Box?
- Birds are more likely to nest in an area with a reliable source of food and water, so provide a bird feeder and a bird bath near the nest box to attract birds. We stock a wide range of Bird Feeders, Bird Baths and Bird Tables.
- Many Bird Species prefer to use nesting material to line their nest box, so leaving things like twigs, grasses and feathers near the nest box can also help to attract nesting birds.
- It may take time for birds to discover your nest box, so be patient and continue to provide a safe and inviting environment for birds to nest.
WiFi Nest Box Cameras
Our two new nest boxes feature hi-spec WiFi cameras for you to watch birds nesting up close in HD via your phone or tablet. You can check out our wire-free Solar-Powered WiFi Bird Box Camera System here, or our upgraded WiFi Bird Box Camera System here, and don't forget to head over to our social channels and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!