Which birds use nestboxes?

Birds have their own distinct preferences when it comes to choosing a nestbox. Here are some of Britain's best known species, and the type of box they prefer.

Blue Tit

Coal Tit

Great Tit

House Sparrow

Marsh Tit

Nuthatch

Pied Flycatcher

Redstart

Tree Sparrow

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Pied Wagtail

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Birds needing a bigger entrance hole

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Starling

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Jackdaw

Stock Dove

Tawny Owl

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Swift

Barn Owl

Kestrel

House Martin

Swallow

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A Starling takes advantage of a

natural hollow in a tree trunk.

Don't forget nestboxes for other wildlife, including hedgehogs, dormice and bats.