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Birds: Choosing a nest box

Birds: Choosing a nest box

By positioning a nest box in your garden, you are providing birds with a safe, sheltered place to breed and raise their family.

When choosing a nest box, it's a good idea to go for the best quality box that you can afford, as it is vital that nest box will not only look attractive, but also be a safe haven for young and vulnerable birds.

It's vital that you choose a nest box that has been made with durable FSC timber, and that it comes from a trusted bird manufacturer which knows not to coat the wood with anything that might hamper the development of young birds. 

Position nest boxes on tree trunks or poles well away from predators and facing between north and east to avoid the strongest sunlight and wet winds.

Our Peckish brand has a range of bird boxes which have been approved by the British Trust for Ornithology, which provides recommendations such as:

  • Each wall is over 15mm thick to provide sufficient thickness to insulate and prevent warping
  • Entrance holes are 32mm, the ideal size for all small-hole nesting birds, such as House Sparrows

It is also a good idea to consider features such as:

  • Drainage holes to prevent a build up of moisture
  • Slate roofs providing easy access for cleaning
  • Slate or metal around the entrance hole, offering protection against woodpeckers
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