Building a nest box for your garden visitors.
Putting up a nest box in your garden could not only give a bird a home, but also gives you the opportunity to learn more about its life cycle and behaviour. Nest boxes don’t have to be expensive or complicated,
so it’s a perfect way to get started with helping birds in your garden! In these guidelines, we’ll focus on building a nest box with a small (32mm) entrance hole, suitable for all common small-hole nesting birds, including Blue Tit and Great Tit.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Rough cut timber plank (15cm by 117cm and at least 1.5cm thick)
- Hammer and nails
- Screwdriver and screws
- Drill & drill bits
- Long staples
- Non-rusting brass hinges or rubber from an old inner tube
YOUR STEP BY STEP SET-UP GUIDE
- Saw the plank into the appropriate sized cuts and make the hole 32mm.
- Attach the pieces to each other following the template, using either nails or screws, but don’t attach the roof just yet. Make sure the bottom sits a little bit above the bottom edges of the sides.
- Make sure you can open the roof by either attaching it to the nest box using the brass hinges or the rubber hinge.
- Drill a couple of small holes in the bottom of the box to allow for any water to run out.
- Glue the edges of the box for extra insulation.
- Insert three long staples in the front of the box and use a nail to close the lid and prevent predators entering the nest box.
- Place your nest box somewhere in your garden where there is clear access for birds, it’s safe from predators, sheltered from heavy rain and wind, and easy for you to access and clean
- Please make sure an adult helps with the parts that involve hammers, saws, and other sharp tools!
IF YOU WANT TO TAKE IT FURTHER
There are countless types of nest boxes for different species. You can also decorate your nest box to make it more unique!