House martins and swallows use mud to make their nests although ready-made versions are available, take a look at our range here.
Our customer Bob Crook has made homes for over 400 House Martins, read his amazing story here, it may inspire you too.
Rooks are very messy when it comes to building a nest. They literally just drop a great number of twigs onto a branch until it turns into a nest of sorts – cosmetically messy, and open to whatever the weather throws at it and its occupants. Look up at a tall tree at this time of year and you may already see a rook’s nest starting to form.
Although trees and bushes are the usual places for nests, sparrows and starlings, for example, will look out for a suitable hole in a roof, while the tit family will search for a more natural hole - in a tree for example.
Why not help your garden birds make a palatial home and collect things for nesting material such as pet fur, tree bark and strands of wool – string them together and hang them from a tree.
Of course, natural is always best but there is a variety of commercially available nest boxes for you to choose from, view our current range here.
A word of warning, though – birds are very easily scared so we advise you to stay well away from anywhere that you think birds may be nesting. It’s unwise to site a nest box in the immediate vicinity of a feeding station as birds are territorial and they’ll spend more time defending their territory than providing food for nestlings.