In our modern environments many bird species are struggling to find enough suitable nesting sites. As a result, a lot of species which have traditionally been so abundant in our gardens are declining drastically in numbers. Installing a nest box (or several boxes) in your garden is one of the easiest and best ways that you can help these local bird populations. A bird box will provide a warm, sheltered environment with protection from most types of predators, helping to improve the chances of breeding success.
Our own range of wooden bird nest boxes have been custom designed and manufactured from substantial 2cm thick FSC-certified wood. These simple, breathable wooden bird boxes have a sloping roof and four drainage holes and are ideal for providing crucial nesting spaces for the smaller garden birds. Nest boxes also provide vital roosting spaces for birds during the cold winter months and the thick walls of these nest boxes will ensure that roosting birds stay warm.
The boxes can be expected to last 5-10 years and are constructed using stainless steel staples which will not rust. These boxes can be installed on a tree or wall and should be placed 2-4m above ground. There should be a clear flight path to the entrance hole and the boxes should be placed so that the entrance is not exposed to strong sunlight or winds.
The 32mm entrance hole is suitable for general garden birds, and the 25mm entrance hole is suitable for the smaller tit species such as blue and coal tits.
For more information, take a look at our blog The NHBS Guide: Where to hang and how to maintain your nest box.