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Nest Boxes

There are few things more satisfying or entertaining than having birds take to nest box that you have put up. Ideally, no garden should be devoid of bird houses, especially if there aren’t any trees with “natural” hollows. Why not save the birds some trouble by providing an appropriately designed artificial nest box?

The Attraction Pack
from £21.70
The Attraction Pack
Camouflage Nest boxHelp to Fly
from £13.99
Camouflage Nest box
New England Nest BoxHelp to Fly
from £19.99
New England Nest Box
Antique Cream/Grey Nest BoxHelp to Fly
Antique Cream/Grey Nest Box
Zinc Roof Blue Tit Nest BoxHelp to Fly
Zinc Roof Blue Tit Nest Box
Zinc Roof Robin Nest BoxHelp to Fly
from £16.99
Zinc Roof Robin Nest Box
Sparrow TowerHelp to Fly
from £29.99
Sparrow Tower
Robin Bird House - FSCHelp to Fly
from £5.95
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Robin Bird House - FSC
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Classic 32mm Nest Box - FSCHelp to Fly
from £5.95
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Classic 32mm Nest Box - FSC
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Giant Robin NesterHelp to Fly
from £7.95
Giant Robin Nester
Giant Bird NesterHelp to Fly
from £7.95
Giant Bird Nester
Tit Family 28mm Nest BoxHelp to Fly
from £10.95
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Tit Family 28mm Nest Box
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Open Robin Nest BoxHelp to Fly
from £10.95
Open Robin Nest Box
Schwegler 32mm Woodcrete Nest BoxHelp to Fly
Schwegler 32mm Woodcrete Nest Box
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Large Insect Hotel
from £38.24 was £44.99
Large Insect Hotel
Ceramic House Martin Bowl
Ceramic House Martin Bowl
Ceramic Swallow Bowl
from £13.75
Ceramic Swallow Bowl
Schwegler Swallow Nest
from £18.95
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Schwegler Swallow Nest
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Schwegler House Martin Nest
Schwegler House Martin Nest
Schwegler Spherical Wren House
from £39.95
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Schwegler Spherical Wren House
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Schwegler Open-fronted Robin Box
Schwegler Open-fronted Robin Box

There are a few rules about where to site bird houses; not where cats or squirrels can easily get at them. Not in full sun, where the chicks might literally bake. And not too close together, if you are putting up more than one. And definitely never next to a bird feeder!

We recommend that you give the birds a choice and put up two or three inexpensive bird houses around the garden. It is unlikely that all of them will be occupied, but it certainly improves the chances of something moving in.

Which bird house? As well as the “traditional” bird houses, used mainly by Blue and Great Tits, you can provide custom built homes for several other species. Open front boxes for Robins and Spotted Flycatchers, larger hole boxes for Starlings, Nuthatches and so on. No one really knows why House Sparrows have declined so much in our cities but certainly the lack of holes and crevices in modern buildings doesn't help. Sparrow boxes might help though.

Don’t forget to leave or even create “natural” nesting places. Leave lots of Ivy. Don’t thin out bushier trees. Don’t demolish that old wall or dilapidated shed. They are all potential nest sites.