These attractive nestboxes are manufactured from WoodStone which is a mix of concrete and FSC certified wood fibres. Unlike a traditional wooden nest box, these boxes will not rot away or deteriorate unlike many wooden boxes. This robust material safeguards against attacks from predators such as woodpeckers, cats and squirrels, whilst also providing a well insulated interior with 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.
These 32mm oval hole nest boxes are suitable for blue tits, tree sparrows, great tits, crested tits, nuthatches, coal tits and pied flycatchers. The oval hole is particularly favoured by house sparrows and redstarts, who will use the larger hole to perch to defend their nests from predators and rivals.
The best height for your nest box is between 1.5m and 3m high, and should be sited higher if your area has a particularly high cat population. It is recommended that aluminium nails are used to hang the nest boxes due to the weight and to reduce the damage caused to trees. These nest boxes have a removable front panel for easy cleaning.
For more information, please take a look at our blog The NHBS Guide: Where to hang and how to maintain your nest box.