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This Gardman Sparrow Colony Nest Box with a slate effect roof and three nesting holes is perfect for colony nesting birds such as house sparrows. Terraced housing for birds!

  • Handcrafted from FSC® certified timber
  • Fitted with a nest box plate around each entrance hole to protect inhabitants from predators
  • Each nest box compartment has a separate removable floor for easy cleaning
  • Where to Site
  • Tips & Advice

Where to Site Gardman Sparrow Colony Nest Box

  • Shelter from wind, rain as well as direct sunlight
  • The front of the nest box should be angled slightly downwards to prevent rain from entering
  • When fitting, use galvanised or stainless screws / nails that will not rust
  • If fixing to trees use galvanised wire to tie the box to the trunk or hang it from a branch and also regularly inspect the fittings
  • Make sure cats and squirrels cannot get into the box
  • Finally, install it high up (at least 3 metres) on a wall

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where is the best location for my nest box?

A. Where you place your nest box is important. Ideally you want to create a safe and comfortable environment for the birds.

Top tips are: not too close to another nest box; sheltered from the weather; if its open fronted it should be hidden from view. Make sure cats and other predators (squirrels) cannot get into the box. Keep the box away from feeding sites — too much activity could deter potential nesters. Put them up in winter — birds will start to pair from mid February onwards, so springtime can be too late.

Q. How high should my nest box be?

A. The ideal height for a small – hole type nest box is between 1m and 3m above the ground with a clear flight path. Care must be given to make sure the box isn’t easily accessible to predators

Q. My nest box has never been used. Why is this happening?

A. You can increase the chances of a box being used by choosing a suitable location. There could be multiple factors that stop birds using your nest box, such as the presence of natural nesting areas nearby.

For any questions or advice, please contact our technical advice line on: 01480 443789 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm) or email [email protected]

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