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Nest boxes

Credits: Amy Lewis

Some kinds of garden birds need holes to build their nests in. In wild habitats, these birds look for tree holes and rock crevices, but sometimes the best holes can be in short supply! You can help by putting up nest boxes.

From February onwards, hole nesting birds will be seaching for safe places to start building their nests. Putting up boxes for them helps to make sure there are enough holes to go around, especially when smaller birds like blue tits are pushed out of the best ones.

 

Even after breeding has finished, nest boxes provide shelter in the winter for small birds like wrens that might huddle together at night to keep warm. Other animals sometimes use them too!

 

You don't even have to buy nest boxes - why not make you own? Download our activity sheet to find out how.

 

 

Different sized birds need different sized entrance holes! Small holes help to keep intruders out, but larger birds like starlings like to use nest boxes too. Why not put a few different ones up in your garden?

 

BLUE TIT and COAL TIT - 25mm

GREAT TIT andTREE SPARROW - 28mm

STARLING - 45mm

HOUSE SPARROW and NUTHATCH - 32mm

ROBIN, WREN and SPOTTED FLYCATCHER - open-fronted box