Putting up nest boxes for birds
Whether you’re a family with space for a box in your garden, a teacher, a member of a local wildlife group, or you belong to a bird club and could organise a work party, putting up nest boxes gives you the chance to contribute to the conservation effort in the UK whilst giving you the pleasure of observing any breeding birds that you attract to your garden or green space. Learn about building, buying and siting boxes, and which box suites what species.
Why put up a nest box?
Natural nest sites for birds such as holes in trees or old buildings are disappearing fast as gardens are ‘tidied’ and old houses are repaired. Providing nesting sites for breeding birds in your garden gives you the fascinating experience of watching a key part of the lifecycle of birds happening close at hand. Choose from the options below to find the right nest box for the right place.
Which birds use nest boxes?
Small nest box with hole
Open-fronted nest box
Medium nest box with oval-shaped hole
Large nest box with hole
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Very big nest box
Nest Boxes: Your Complete Guide
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A Blue Tit diary
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