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Nest box guide: how and when to put them up

Nesting boxes are an easy and effective method to provide an enviable and safe bird’s nesting area in your backyard. In this article we’ll provide all you must be aware of nest boxes for birds, which includes the best time to place them and where they should be placed and what nest boxes you need to purchase for particular birds.

When do I need to put my nest box in the first place?

If you set your nest box up in the autumn you’ll see that the birds living in your yard will make it an cosy nest during the colder winter months. When spring arrives they’ll be back to make their home in the same box that they’ve called their home for the last couple of months. If you’re trying for tits to come to your yard, such as the blue tit, they’re most likely to search for nesting spots earlier in the year, usually in February or March.

Where should I place my nest box?

The place to put the nest box will depend on the type of bird you are trying to draw to your yard. For a general guideline for rules for nest boxes to follow:

Make the nest box a minimum of 2 and 4 meters high on a wall or tree to draw species such as Starlings, tits, and sparrows.
Set it with a slight tilt to the left so that rain can go out.
It is important to ensure an easy flight path for your bird friends. They’ll be less likely make use of it if the nest boxes are difficult for them to access.
When you are in the garden, that you’ll only have one nesting pair, unless your nesting pair is house martins or tree sparrows that are often seen to nest together. If that’s the case, then having several nesting boxes within your garden shouldn’t be a issue whatsoever.

What direction should a bird’s nesting box be facing?

It’s crucial to position your nest box in between North and East in order to create a bird-friendly habitat. The South or West facing bird house is likely to attract excessive strong sunshine during the day especially if there’s no trees that cover with shade or cover it.

The most effective bird boxes for diverse species of birds.

There are generally two kinds of nesting boxes: small and open-front. holes next boxes.

Nest boxes with an open front

Birds such as robins, blackbirds as well as wrens, wagtails and wrens enjoy a wooden nesting box that has doors that are permanently open. A Robin-friendly nestbox is constructed of high-quality durable wood. And it’s treated to ensure that the birds that live in your yard are able to use it for years to come.

Small-holed nest boxes

Nest boxes with holes that are small attract various birds such as blue tits, woodpeckers to (depending on the dimensions of hole). For birds with smaller sized nests we suggest our standard nest box or our sparrow parade box. For larger birds, have a the time to look at our woodpecker nest box which has a bigger hole.

Inviting birds to your yard

After you’ve got your new box, you’ll want lure your beloved birds to your backyard! We suggest high-quality bird food, such as our mixed flavor suet pellets which are enjoyed by many kinds of birds. Suet pellets are an excellent non-mess bird food that can provide your garden birds with an extra boost.