The Vivara Pro WoodStone® range of nest boxes have been designed and developed as part of the professional Vivara Pro range. Unlike a traditional wooden nest box, these boxes will not rot away or deteriorate. Every WoodStone® nest box is guaranteed for 10 years and is constructed from a mix of concrete and wood fibres, WoodStone® nest boxes safeguard against attacks from predators including woodpeckers, cats and squirrels. The material insulates the nest which creates a more consistent internal temperature than an ordinary wooden box. This is especially important during the breeding season and ensures that young birds have a greater chance of survival. Nesting sites have become rare for cavity nesting birds due to changes in woodland management practices, so you can provide much-needed space for rearing chicks and birds that are roosting overwinter with these durable, long-lasting nest boxes.
We recommend using aluminium nails to hang due to the weight of the nest box and to limit any damage caused to trees.
These 28mm hole nest boxes will be used by Tree Sparrows, Blue Tits, Coal Tits and Great Tits and they are available in brown or green with an attractive oval shape to complement both natural woodland and garden settings.
The best height for your nest box is between 1.5 m and 3 m high, and should be sited higher if your area has a particularly high cat population.
The Vivara Pro WoodStone® 28 mm Oval Nest Box has a removable front panel for easy cleaning. Although birds will clean their own nest boxes before each breeding season, cleaning the boxes out at the end of each breeding season may encourage them to be used again in future years, as it reduces parasites.The nesting time of birds varies from species to species so we suggest you wait until October when the last of the birds will have left before cleaning. 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. Take care when opening your nest box as other species such as mice, bats, wasps and bumblebees may have started to use the box.
Height 260 mm
Width 230 mm
Depth 140 mm
Weight: 4.2 kg
Entrance hole diameter: 28 mm
The box is a solid build and will clearly last the test of time. However the "removable front panel" is not so removable. It is attached with a single bolt, which is clearly shown in the photographs. But the bolt on my box has been welded. So you can't unscrew it, and therefore can't clean out the box. This is very frustrating.