Search
Close this search box.

Our Essential How-to-Guide to Purchasing a Bird Box and Nesting Boxes for your Garden!!!

bird box camera, bird boxes for sale, bird box book, bird box camera kit, bird box hole size, bird box kits, bird box camera wireless, bird box for robins, bird box ideas, bird box construction, bird box camera wireless review, bird box amazon, bird box animation, bird box and camera, bird box argos, bird box and wireless camera, bird box amazon uk, bird box accessories, bird box advice, bird box aspect, bird box and camera kit, a bird box in devon, making a bird box, siting a bird box, making a bird box instructions, placing a bird box, build a bird box kit, hanging a bird box, make a bird box kit, making a bird box for robins, mounting a bird box, bird box b&q, bird box book review, bird box building, bird box best position, bird box book summary, bird box book pdf, bird box build your own, bird box blackbird, bird box book movie, b&q bird box, b and m bird box, bird box camera rspb, bird box cctv, bird box camera wifi, bird box camera ipad, bird box camera kit aldi, bird box designs, bird box devon, bird box direction, bird box diy, bird box dinerama, bird box designs pdf, bird box drawings, bird box designs uk, bird box dimensions uk, bird box designs for robins, bird box epub, bird box ebay, bird box etsy, bird box entrance hole size, bird box entrance hole plate, bird box entrance plates, bird box ending, bird box epub download, bird box ebook, bird box ebook download, bird box for sale, bird box feeder, bird box for camera, bird box film, bird box for sparrows, bird box flow chart, bird box for window, bird box from pallet, bird box for blackbird, f-bird boxing gym, f-bird boxing, bird box gift, bird box goodreads, bird box gallery, bird box glas, bird box gary, bird box gable end, bird box guide, bird box guard, bird box geocache, bird box gardeners world, bird box hole protectors, bird box hole size robin, bird box height, bird box homebase, bird box how to make, bird box hangers, bird box hedgehog, bird box heater, bird box hd camera, bird box images, bird box ip camera, bird box instructions, bird box installation, bird box imdb, bird box ireland, bird box ice cream, bird box info, bird box in winter, bird box josh malerman, bird box john lewis, bird box josh malerman pdf, bird box josh malerman epub, bird box josh malerman epub download, bird box josh malerman summary, bird box josh malerman download, bird box josh malerman spoilers, bird box joints, bird box jokes, jay bird box, blue jay bird boxes, jay strongwater bird box, bird box kits for schools, bird box kits to make, bird box key holder, bird box kindle, bird box kits uk, bird box keyring, bird keepsake box, bird key box, bird box light, bird box location, bird box location rspb, bird box location uk, bird box leftovers, bird box libro, bird box live camera, bird box live stream, bird box log, bird box london, bird box making, bird box movie, bird box materials, bird box making kits, bird box metal plates, bird box manufacturer, bird box malerman, bird box metal hole, bird box making instructions, bird box make your own, m&s bird box, bird box novel, bird box night light, bird box nz, bird box novel review, bird box novel spoilers, bird box nest positioning, bird box not on the high street, bird box names, bird box new zealand, bird box network camera, bird box orientation, bird box okehampton, bird box on house wall, bird box opening sizes, bird box origami, bird box online, bird box on pole, bird box on stand, bird box olive, bird box office, bird box plans, bird box project, bird box placement, bird box plates, bird box paint, bird box pets at home, bird box plans uk, bird box pottery, bird box plans free, bird box plans pdf, bird box quotes, bird box questions, bird box questionnaire, quirky bird box, bird box rspb, bird box review, bird box robin, bird box roof, bird box read online, bird box ringtone, bird box reddit, bird box raspberry pi, bird box rental devon england, bird box radio, bird box sizes, bird box siting, bird box studio, bird box spy camera, bird box street food, bird box shelf, bird box security camera, bird box sale, bird box squirrel trap, bird box schwegler, bird box s, bird box template, bird box template pdf, bird box types, bird box table, bird box tips, bird box time of year, bird box tiny house, bird box tuebl, bird box trap, bird box themes, bird box uk, bird box usb camera, bird box use, bird box cameras uk, bird box position uk, bird box placement uk, buy bird box uk, bird box siting uk, bird box view, bird box video, bird box video camera, bird box varnish, bird box vimeo, bird box viewer, bird box value, bird voice box, bird voice box removal, bird valentine box, bird box with camera, bird box week, bird box wireless camera kit, bird box with camera lidl, bird box window, bird box wood, bird box wallpaper, bird box wireless camera reviews, bird box with built in camera, bird box where to site, bird box xmas card, bird of steel x box, bird box youtube, singing bird box youtube, bird box camera youtube, bird box don open your eyes, young bird box perches, youtube bird box wildebeest, flappy bird box 10, schwegler bird box 1b, brad bird 1952 box, 1b bird box, bluebird black box1, bird box 25mm hole, bird box week 2013, bird feather candy box 2, aldi bird box camera 2013, aldi bird box camera 2014, 25mm bird box, 28mm bird box plate, 28mm bird box, aldi bird box camera 2011, bluebird black box2, angry bird for xbox 360, bird box 3d model, 3 different bird boxes, bird box for bluetit, bird box for wrens, bird box for starlings, bird box for goldfinch, reps 4 bird boxes, sony ccd bird box 520tvl camera, bird scores 60 box score, 700tvl bird box camera, bird box, bird box studio youtube, top 10 bird boxes, bird nest boxes, bird nest box camera, bird nest box designs, bird nest box camera reviews, bird nest boxes uk, bird nest box hole sizes, bird nest box camera wireless, bird nest boxes sale, bird nest box siting, bird nest boxes plans free, bird nest box with web camera, bird nest box kits, bird nest box hole protector, bird nest box metal plate, bird nest box and camera, bird nest box advice, siting a bird nest box, making a bird nest box, how to clean a bird nest box, where to place a bird nest box, bird nest box bedding, bluebird nest box, build bird nest box, blackbird nest box, buy bird nest box, butcher bird nest box, bluebird nest box hole size, big bird nest box, bluebird nest box height, bees bird nest box, bird nest box construction, bird nest box colour camera, bird nest box cleaning, bird nest box milk carton, cockatiel bird nest box, cedar bird nest box, bird nest box direction, wild bird nest box dimensions, lovebird nest box dimensions, diy bird nest box, bird's eye view nest box, eastern bluebird nest box, bird nest box for sale, bird nest boxes for sale uk, bird nest box plans free, finch bird nest box, free bird nest box, position for bird nest box, nest box and bird feeder camera, plan for bird nest box, camera for bird nest box, bird nest gift box, bird nest gift box malaysia, gardman bird nest box, garden bird nest box, gardman wild bird nest box, bird nest box hyderabad, window nest box birdhouse, bird nest box india, bird nest box instructions, bird nest box information, bird nest box online india, bird nest box camera kit, bird nest box location, bluebird nest box location, lovebird nest box, large bird nest box, lovebird nest box size, bird nest box maintenance, bird nest box malaysia, bird nest packaging box malaysia, mynah bird nest box, make bird nest box, mrs birdee bird nest box, bird nest in newspaper box, national bird nest box week, birds nest box office, birds nest box office phone number, bird of prey nest box, bird nest box plans, bird nest box position, bird nest box placement, bird nest box plates, bird nest box patterns, bird nest box pune, bird nest box pdf, bird nest packaging box, bird nest plastic box, bluebird nest box plans, bird nest box rspb, robin bird nest box, rspb bird nest box plans, red bird nest box, bird nest box sizes, bird nest box singapore, bird nest boxes south africa, bird nest shadow box, cockatiel bird nest box size, small bird nest box, bird nest box template, titmouse bird nest box, bird tables with nest box, bird nest box uk, wild bird nest boxes uk, window view bird nest box, bird nest box with camera, bird nest box with wireless camera, bird nest box with colour camera, bird nest box week, bird nest box wikipedia, window bird nest box, wild bird nest box plans, wild bird nest box, bird nest boxes for sale.

Table of Contents

Purchasing a bird box / nesting box can be an easy and satisfying way to bird watch and enjoy the natural world. By taking time to plan and care for these boxes, you can benefit from a closer relationship with birds. So you want to buy a nest box or bird box to help support UK birds. OK great! I remember when my first bird box purchase many years ago, I didn't really know what I was doing and just went for it. Now there is an abundance of products to choose from, including different types, shapes, materials and prices! So lets look at the best ways to choose your nest box / bird box.

Purchasing a bird box / nesting box can be an easy and satisfying way to bird watch and enjoy the natural world. By taking time to plan and care for these boxes, you can benefit from a closer relationship with birds.

So you want to buy a nest box or bird box to help support UK birds. OK great! I remember when my first bird box purchase many years ago, I didn’t really know what I was doing and just went for it. Now there is an abundance of products to choose from, including different types, shapes, materials and prices! So lets look at the best ways to choose your nest box / bird box.

Bird Box and Nesting Box FAQs

A nesting box can be a great addition to your garden and help support wild birds in the UK. But if you’re not sure how to choose a nesting box, this blog will help you learn everything you need to know.

There are several things to consider when choosing a nesting box for wild birds in the UK. First, it’s important to think about how many birds you want to attract. If you want just one species of bird, then a smaller box will be fine; but if you want more than one species, then it’s best to get a larger box (or multiple boxes).

The second thing to consider is whether or not the box has an opening on top. If so, then it’s important that there aren’t any gaps or holes where predators could get inside; otherwise they’ll just eat your birds! And finally, make sure that there are no sharp edges on the inside of the box so that bird parents don’t hurt themselves while building their nests.

If these things sound like too much work for you right now—don’t worry! There are plenty of places where you can buy pre-made nests online – Check out our Nesting Boxes by CLICKING HERE

A birdhouse is an enclosed structure, such as a wooden box, that’s designed for birds to live in. Nesting boxes, on the other hand, are usually open structures with no walls or roofs. They’re intended to provide shelter for birds while they build their nests within the box itself.

It’s the question on everyone’s mind: should you put anything in a bird nesting box? The answer is… it depends.

If you’re thinking of putting straw or hay in the nest, don’t do it! Birds are very particular about what they use to make their nests, and if you put something in there that isn’t right for them, they won’t use it. Instead, leave them alone and let them do their thing. You can also provide some old nesting material from a previous year’s nest if they seem like they’re having trouble finding anything else—but again, only if they’re looking for new material.

If you have squirrels in your area or think that they might climb into your nest boxes (which would be very bad for the baby birds), consider putting some metal flashing around the outside of your boxes to keep them out.

This will work as long as there aren’t any other openings around which a squirrel could get into the box from below ground level (like through an open door or window).

We get it, you’re an animal lover. You want to help out those birds who are nesting in your yard, but you’re not sure if you should put anything in their bird nesting box.

The short answer is: no.

You should keep the bird’s box free of any additional items other than the nesting materials that come with it. This will help keep the birds healthy and safe from parasites such as mites, fleas and ticks.

If you have a bird’s nest on your property, don’t be alarmed! Nests are generally built by one or two pairs of birds—and not all at once.

The birds may have been building their nest for weeks or even months before they’ve laid eggs in it. Once they’ve laid their eggs and left the nest unattended for a few days, the birds will return to the nest to incubate them until they hatch into baby birds called “chicks.”

After hatching, these chicks will spend another month or so growing up inside the nest before they’re ready to leave it behind for good!

Why buy a Robinson Garden bird box / Nesting Box for wild garden birds?

Robinson Garden nest boxes are made from sustainable, durable FSC timber, so they’re safe for birds and have really good insulation properties, making them warm in winter and cool in summer. Our nest-boxes have been carefully designed to have the correct dimensions and ventilation that birds need, and we only use Farrow and Ball paint, which is child and animal safe.

Why should I Buy a Nesting Box / Bird Box?

Nest boxes and bird boxes are excellent substitutes for the holes found in old trees. You may find in young woodlands, parks and gardens that there may be plenty of food for small birds but nowhere for hole-nesting birds to nest.

Over 60 species are known to have used nest boxes. Regular residents include blue, great and coal tits, nuthatches, house and tree sparrows, starlings, spotted and pied flycatchers, robins, house martins, kestrels and tawny owls.

An estimated 2 million fledglings are reared in nest boxes each year. It is a wonderful feeling to see a blue tit or robin investigating a nest box that you put up yourself.

Our gardeners represent a vast landscape; and with an estimated 16 million gardens in the UK, the way they are managed can make a big difference to wildlife.

Nest boxes are best put up during the autumn. Many birds will enter nest boxes during the autumn and winter, looking for a suitable place to roost or perhaps to feed

When is the best time to put up nest boxes and bird boxes?

To answer that quickly, there really isn’t a ‘best time’ to put up nest boxes. However traditionally, people have put up nest boxes in the early spring to ensure that they are ready for the breeding season. By erecting your nest boxes in the autumn you can provide much a needed winter refuge for roosting birds to increase the chance of them staying and nesting when spring comes around. They often use the same boxes for nesting the following spring. Tits will not seriously investigate nesting sites until February or March.

As a general rule, any box put up before the end of February stands a good chance of being occupied. Even after February there is still a chance of occupancy, for example blue tits have been known to move in during April and house martins as late as July.

Whatever the time of year, your nest box is likely to be used for roosting so it shouldn’t stay unoccupied for long. Therefore, put your nest box up as soon as you can rather than leaving it in the shed!

Where should I position my nest box and bird box?

With nest boxes, ‘Where do I position my nest box?’ is much more important than ‘when do I put up my nest box?’ Nest boxes must provide a safe and comfortable environment to effectively protect their inhabitants from predators and the worst of the British weather. This may be difficult to achieve; a safe location out of reach of predators may also be exposed to the weather, so have a good think before you fully commit to a particular position.

Crucially, the box should be sheltered from the prevailing wind, rain and strong sunlight, so in most UK gardens aim for an aspect of northerly, easterly or south-easterly. Ensure the box isn’t directly exposed to the midday sun as this will lead to the bird box overheating.

If possible, position the box with a slight downward angle to provide further protection from the rain. Wherever you position the box, try to ensure that you can still get access to it for maintenance. Also positioning the bird box somewhere where you can see from is distance is perfect for you to maximise your enjoyment of watching wild birds in your garden.

The Lyndhurst Nest boxes can be fixed to walls, trees or buildings depending on your own preference. If you decide to hang your bird box to an artificial surface, the growth of the tree does not have to be considered which is useful.

If you decide to fix your bird box to a tree it’s advised to tilt the box forward slightly so that any driving rain will hit the roof and bounce clear.

How to Fix a nest box and bird box to a tree

Fixing your nest box with nails may damage the tree. It is better to attach it either with a nylon bolt or with wire around the trunk or branch. 

Use a piece of hose or section of car tyre around the wire to prevent damage to the tree. Remember that trees grow in girth as well as height, and check the fixing every two or three years.

Ensure that you are able to access the box without endangering yourself.

How high do I need to position my next box and bird box?

For many species the height of the box is not crucial. However, by placing it at least several metres off the ground you can help prevent predators and human interference. 

The direction of the entrance hole is also not too important but it is beneficial that there is a clear flight path into the box.

How to Deter and Keeping predators away from Nesting Boxes and Bird Boxes

Keeping nest boxes out of the reach of predators can be a big challenge, but there are things you can do to make it harder for predators. A bird box in the garden should be located where cats cannot get to them, this makes walls a better option than trees. Whilst some mammals can climb walls, a blank wall is fairly inaccessible so can be a good choice.

Prickly and thorny bushes can also help to deter unwanted visitors. Location is the most important factor when trying to deter predators. Ensure that the box cannot be reached by a single jump from a nearby branch or the ground.

The Lyndhurst bird box design can also help deter predators as the deep boxes can prevent predators reaching in and grabbing nest occupants, although some tits have been known to fill up deep boxes with large quantities of nesting material. If you live in an urban area, cats are likely to be the most common predator. Gardeners have long since used various methods to keep away these unwanted visitors, such as pellets and electronic scarers, all with different degrees of success.

General maintenance for your bird box and nesting box

The Robinson Garden nest box will only need one annual clean in the autumn. It is important not to clean out nest boxes before August as boxes may still be occupied. When autumn arrives remove the contents of the box, checking first that the box is definitely unoccupied. 

Scatter the contents of the box on the ground or compost heap ensuring that it’s some way from the box to help prevent parasites re-infesting the nest box. Use a small brush or scraper to remove debris from the corners.

Do not wait until the winter to clean out nest boxes as birds may already be roosting by then.

How many nest boxes do I need in my garden?

The exact amount of boxes required will depend on the species and the surrounding habitat. As a very general rule of thumb, start with ten assorted small boxes per hectare. Keep adding several more boxes each season until some remain unused and hopefully you’ll hit on the correct density of boxes. However, even if you only have space for one box, remember that one box is better than no box (ensuring that it’s suitably located). Many British bird populations have plummeted to worryingly low levels and they need all the additional help they can get!

The nests of most birds harbour fleas and other parasites, which remain to infest young birds that hatch the following year. Therefore it is important to ensure that the old nests are removed in the autumn, from August onward once the birds have stopped using the box. Nest boxes can legally be cleaned out between 1st August and 31st January, but be aware that some birds may still be breeding at this time!

Rinse the inside of the box briefly using boiling water to kill any remaining parasites, and let the box dry out thoroughly. It is strongly advised not to use Insecticides and flea powders. Unhatched eggs in the box can only be removed legally between August and January. If you place a small handful of clean hay or wood shavings (not straw) in the box once it is thoroughly dry after cleaning, small mammals may hibernate there, or birds may use it as a roost site.

Avoid inspecting the nest box whilst it is in use, (despite how tempting it can be) simply watch and enjoy from a distance. Only open it up if you’ve got appropriate skills and experience. It may also be necessary if you are taking part in a monitoring project.

Curious behaviour and what to look out for

Putting a nest-box up may enable you to watch some fascinating bird behaviour up close. A few things to look out for include:-“

Blue tits are regularly seen hammering away at the entrance hole of a nest box. This is probably a form of display by the male, rather than an attempt to enlarge the hole.

Later, the female will also peck vigorously: natural holes may have all the surrounding bark chipped away. This may help her to judge how soft the wood is and whether the hole will provide a safe, predator-proof home in which to raise her brood. Blue and great tits will also hammer at the inside of a box or nest hole, perhaps as a form of display.

Recommended For You