In addition to the pleasure we get from watching wild birds come into our gardens to feed from our tables and feeding stations. Immense satisfaction is gained when birds choose to nest in our gardens, either in our hedges, trees or in a purpose built nesting box. To make a bird nest boxes is quite simple, and great fun.
A veritable birdie mansion can be constructed from a single plank of wood! Hardwoods such as Beech or oak would be great, but avoid woods which have been treated as the chemicals used may seep out and harm your feathered friends. It is best to use galvanised screws or nails as these shouldn’t rust, and make sure to drill a couple of holes in the floor of your box so that if any rain gets in, it can drain away again. And make a hinged lid so that come autumn you can clean out your box. The following article is packed with information and will give you a good project idea.
Which Birds Nest in Nest Boxes?
About 80 species of birds nest in cavities and are candidates for using a nest box. If a particular species does not nest in a cavity in the wild, you’re unlikely to find it using a nest box.
Many cavity-nesting species use old woodpecker holes in the wild. Some species, such as bluebirds or wrens, may nest in odd places such as the end of an open pipe. But based on research, we know that certain species are most likely to be attracted to nest boxes of a specific size and design, and many birds will have their best likelihood of raising their young successfully when their nest box is the right size and design for that species. Read the full article here
Do your homework and decide which species is the one you would like to attract to your bird nest boxes. Remember to avoid heartache and disappointment and be sure to make your nest box as safe as you can and protect the hatchlings from predators. Rats, stoats, crows and many more potential predators work in the early hours so you might not see them. A metal plate mounted around the entrance will help deter woodpeckers and squirrels, while barbed wired, gorse or rose clippings above and below the box will give some protection against most mammals, such as cats. There are also some commercially produced deterrents that can help.
Let’s take a more involved look at the size of bird nest box we need to resource