Birds needing a bigger entrance hole

Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major

Britain’s commonest woodpecker likes to excavate its own nesting chamber from soft-wooded deciduous trees. You can encourage them to use nestboxes putting a lump of soft wood inside, so that they can hollow out the nest cavity for themselves.

  • Large nestbox with 50mm hole

  • Nest height 3m-5m above ground

  • No nest is made

  • Egg laying starts between late April and mid June

  • 4 to 6 eggs, white

  • Incubation time 14-16 days

  • Nestlings fledge after 20-24 days

Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Starling populations have declined dramatically in recent decades – but nestboxes can help. These gregarious birds will happily nest in close proximity to their neighbours, which means you can group several boxes high on a house wall, or on adjacent trees if you have a larger garden.

  • Large nestbox with 45mm hole

  • Nest height at least 2.5m above ground

  • Nest made of a heap of plant material, lined with feathers, moss and wool

  • Egg laying starts between early April and mid June. 1 or 2 broods

  • 4 to 5 eggs, light blue

  • Incubation time 12-15 days

  • Nestlings fledge after 19-22 days


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Nestbox Week 2019 Logo

National Nestbox Week is an established part of the ornithological calendar. Celebrated from February 14th each year, it puts the spotlight on breeding birds and asks everyone to put up more nestboxes in their local area. National Nestbox Week was first established in 1997 by the BTO and Britain’s leading birdcare specialist Jacobi Jayne & Co.

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