Advice for Architects, Developers and Land Managers

> 5m above ground

Away from windows

In deep shade

2-20 bricks per site

Boxes with Entrance holes

These are boxes that are enclosed, with just an entrance hole into the main chamber. Most commonly they are sold with small, medium and large entrance holes i.e. 25 - 32mm (small) 45-50mm (medium) and 150mm> (large). Buy boxes made from wood, preferably hardwood as they will last longer, or Woodcrete (a combination of concrete and wood), which are very long lasting and have excellent insulation properties. Avoid plastic and metal boxes. 

Species likely to use a small entrance hole nestbox: 

25mm – Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit 

28mm – Great Tit, Tree Sparrow, Pied Flycatcher 

32mm – House Sparrow, Nuthatch 

"The Official" Cedar Nestboxes come in 26mm and 32mm entrance holes 

Avianex™, specially designed for wall mounting, is built to the same meticulous standards as the Woodcrete nestbox 

Species likely to use a medium entrance hole nestbox: 

45mm – Starling 

50mm – Great Spotted Woodpecker 

Schwegler 3S

Starling box with 45mm entrance hole

Schwegler 1SH Project box for woodpeckers 

Species likely to use a large entrance hole nestbox: 

150mm – Jackdaw, Stock Dove, Tawny Owl 

Schwegler No.29 Jackdaw box. Front panel can be removed for cleaning and inspection. 

Schwegler Owl Box No.5 is also suitable for Stock Dove and Jackdaw 

Open-fronted Nestboxes

The overall dimensions for open-fronted boxes are identical to those with small hole entrances. The big difference concerns the front panel, which come in various heights, depending on the species nesting it is intended for. 

Species likely to use a low-fronted nestbox (approx 60mm): 

Spotted Flycatcher, Robin, Redstart, Wagtails, and possibly Wren

Avianex OpenFront is constructed from Woodcrete, with a removable front panel for cleaning

The Official Cedar Open Front Nestbox (low)

Species likely to use a medium-fronted nestbox (approx 100mm): 

Robin, Pied Wagtail

Schwegler 2H Robin Box is also suitable for Pied Wagtails

The Official Cedar Open Front Nestbox (medium)

Species likely to use a high-fronted nestbox (approx 140mm / domed): 

Wren

The Schwegler Roundhouse comes with its own wire hanger but it can also be wedged securely in hedges and thick shrubs 

The Official Cedar Open Front Nestbox (high)

"The Official" Woodcrete Nestboxes come in 26mm, 32mm and oval entrance holes 

 
 

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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Nestboxes come in many shapes to suit different birds.

Click on each box to learn a little more.

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