The Eco Starling Nest Box consists of a recycled plastic weatherproof outer shell protecting a wooden nesting chamber to create a robust long-lasting nesting box. It features a 45mm entrance hole; the ideal size for starlings.
Starlings have declined as a breeding bird in the UK by as much as 50% in the last 25 years. It is now on the Birds of Conservation Concern Red List reflecting this worrying decline. Starlings use a wide range of nesting sites on buildings and trees. This eco-friendly nestbox provides a comfortable, safe and dry nest site for starlings to use when natural sites may be scarce.
Starlings tend to favour higher nest sites so when putting up these boxes it is best (though not essential) that they are placed 2.5m or higher above the ground on a building or tree. Starlings nest in loose colonies so if you are able to put up a few boxes in a group on adjacent trees or buildings you may well find a colony building up and occupying all your boxes.
The box consists of a weatherproof outer shell made from UV stabilised 100% recycled plastic. Inside the outer shell is a wooden nesting chamber. The outer shell has been precision cut and uses an ingenious system of tabs to hold it together. This further extends the lifespan ensuring that there are no metal fixings that could rust or degrade over time. The removable wooden nesting chamber is constructed from FSC Certified Oriented Strand Board, which is made from flakes obtained from wood waste or from saplings thinned from forests to make space for larger trees. If you need to check or clean the box simply twist the fastening at the bottom and the wooden nesting chamber will slide out.
Fixing to the wall or tree is easy with three concealed mounting holes in the back of the box (located opposite the entrance hole for easy access). Often this is the only fixing needed, but a further hole is provided at the base for extra stability if required. The easiest way to mount the box is to remove the inner box, fix the outer shell onto the tree or wall, then slide the inner roost chamber back into the box and secure it in place.
* Materials: Recycled LDPE plastic & FSC Certified OSB
* Finish: Non-toxic water-based stain and preservative
* Dimensions: 35cm x 20cm x 18cm (H x W x D)
* Weight: 1.7kg
* Fixing: Three concealed keyholes and further fixing hole at base