Nest Boxes

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  1. National Trust Birch Log Nest Box Open
    £12.45
  2. Stockholm 28mm Nest Box
    £12.45
  3. Build Your Own 32mm Nest Box
    £12.45
  4. Malta 34mm Nest Box
    £13.95
  5. House Sparrow Terrace
    £39.95
  6. National Trust Birch Log Nest Box 32mm Hole
    £12.45
    • 30 years experience in biodiversity
    • Supporting Wildlife Partners across UK and Europe
    • Foods produced from our Shropshire factory
  7. National Trust Green WoodStone 28mm Nest Box
    £20.95
  8. Bonaire 28mm Nest Box
    £16.95
  9. National Trust Vail Larch 32mm Nest Box
    £19.95
  10. Fairbanks 32mm Nest Box
    £24.95
  11. Vernon 28mm Nest Box
    £16.95
  12. El Paso 34mm Nest Box
    £14.95
    • 30 years experience in biodiversity
    • Supporting Wildlife Partners across UK and Europe
    • Foods produced from our Shropshire factory
  13. National Trust Robin & Wren Nest Box
    £17.95
  14. Barn Owl Nest Box
    £189.95
  15. Bird Lounge - Single
    £4.45 As low as £3.95
  16. Montreux Nest Box
    £24.95
  17. Zurich 32mm Nest Box
    £18.95
  18. WoodStone® Seville 32mm Oval Hole Nest Box (Green)
    • Constructed from a mix of concrete and FSC wood fibres
    • Every Eco WoodStone nest box is guaranteed for 10 years
    • 98% of our customers would buy again!
    £20.95
    • 30 years experience in biodiversity
    • Supporting Wildlife Partners across UK and Europe
    • Foods produced from our Shropshire factory
  19. Juneau 34mm Nest Box
    £24.95
  20. Plywood House Sparrow Terrace
    £32.95
  21. Lausanne Nest Box
    £24.95
  22. Lucerne Nest Box
    £24.95
  23. Jamaica 28mm Nest Box
    £16.95
  24. Aruba 28mm Nest Box
    £16.95
    • 30 years experience in biodiversity
    • Supporting Wildlife Partners across UK and Europe
    • Foods produced from our Shropshire factory
  25. Blackbird Open Nest Box
    £21.95
  26. Funchal Lounge Nest
    £7.95
  27. Nest Box Plate (28mm)
    £2.95
  28. Ark-Klens Ready-to-use Spray
    £4.95
  29. Nest Box Plate (32mm)
    £2.95
  30. House Martin Nest (Double)
    £24.95
    • 30 years experience in biodiversity
    • Supporting Wildlife Partners across UK and Europe
    • Foods produced from our Shropshire factory
  31. Biological Cleaner
    £6.95
  32. WoodStone® House Martin Nest - Double
    • Constructed from a mix of concrete and FSC wood fibres
    • Every Eco WoodStone nest box is guaranteed for 10 years
    • 98% of our customers would buy again!
    £26.95
  33. Uppsala Wren Nest Box
    £12.45
  34. Alamo 32mm Nest Box
    £14.95
  35. Slide-out Double House Martin Nest
    £26.95

Why do we provide Nest Boxes?

The most common users of nest boxes are birds that like to nest in cavities in rotting timber. There are many areas, such as gardens, which have sufficient food for birds, but no suitable nest sites as standing timber that has started to decay is usually regarded as a danger. By providing artificial cavities in the form of nest boxes we can make a real difference to the breeding success of many species.  

Design of Nest Boxes

Most people will tend to think of hole entrance boxes as the typical nest box design.  These are designed to imitate, and ideally improve upon, a naturally occurring cavity. We produce small nest boxes for birds up to the size of Great Tit and House Sparrow, a special Treecreeper nest box and a larger size intended for use by the Starling. We also produce large nest boxes for species like Kestrel and Tawny Owl, and “replica nests” for birds such as House Martin and Swallow.

Species that don’t nest in holes will either nest on the ground, amongst vegetation such as the fork of a tree, or in naturally occurring ledges and cavities. We don’t produce anything for the first two categories, but for species that would naturally nest on some sort of ledge or open cavity, such as among the roots of a fallen tree, we produce open fronted nest boxes.

Siting of Nest Boxes

For all nest boxes a good general rule is to shelter from prevailing wind and bright sunlight – normally facing north, through east to south-east. If mounting on a tree avoid the side that water rushes down in heavy rainfall. Bear in mind that when the young birds leave the nest they are making their first ever flight, and they don’t always get it right first time!  Some sort of vegetation that they can perch on and hide amongst can be a big help in the first 30 minutes out of the nest.

Hygiene for Nest Boxes

Nest boxes should be cleaned twice a year. We offer a range of accessories and hygiene products that can make this an easy process. Once in January to remove any fouling left by birds that have used the nest box as a roost site, and again at the end of the breeding season, usually regarded as April to August. As birds are very sensitive to disturbance at the nest it is safest to defer this task until sometime in October. All nest material should be discarded. No further treatment should be necessary unless there is an infestation of parasites, in which case it is safer to use hot water than chemicals.

Nest Box Hole Size Guide

25mm entrance hole for Marsh/Willow Tit, Coal Tit and Blue Tit.

32mm entrance hole for Great Tit, Nuthatch, House Sparrow and Tree Sparrow.

Open fronted nest boxes for Robin, Spotted Flycatcher and Pied Wagtail.