CJ WildBird Foods - Nest Boxes

By: CJ Wildlife  05/12/2011
Keywords: nest boxes

Our wooden range of nest boxes meets both the requirements of the birds in terms of optimum dimensions, and also in meeting the important FSC standard for sustainability. This range of nest boxes simulate the types of cavities birds prefer, providing refuge to many different species. Our boxes are easy to put up and clean and can be used in most habitats.

The FSC logo identifies products which contain wood from well managed forests independently certified in accordance with the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council.

Siting your nest box

The best height for your nest box is widely accepted as being between 1.5m and 5.5m high (5ft - 18ft respectively). However, if your area has a particularly high cat population site your box even higher. If you only have an exposed site to offer, face the box somewhere between north through east to southeast, avoiding prevailing winds and strong sunlight. If siting in woodland, the dry side of the tree trunk offers the most protection. By their nature open nest boxes require more cover; siting them near to climbing plants where they can be partially obscured is ideal. Siting your nest box near vegetation also aids young birds taking their first flights as it gives them both physical support and good cover.

Although you may want to see your new nest box used immediately, this is actually quite rare. Birds like to 'check them out' first to become accustomed to them and to ensure that they are suitable. Don't give up though as the sight of newly fledged chicks is well worth the wait! Nest boxes erected before the breeding season begins (February) are therefore more likely to be used.


Cleaning the boxes out at the end of each breeding season will encourage them to be used again in future years. As the nesting time of birds varies from species to species we suggest you wait until October when the last of the birds will have left. The nest may come out easily but if there are any deposits scrape them out, minding the dust as you go. We recommend using hot water rather than chemicals to remove any parasites that remain. As a final word of caution, take care when opening your nest box as other species such as bats, wasps and bumblebees may have started to use the nest!

Which nest box?

Our nest boxes come in a range of shapes and sizes to suit the needs of different species. The hole size is the main way of determining the species you will attract to your box.

Use this guide to aid your selection:

Hole size Suitable for
25mm Blue Tit, Coal Tit
28mm Blue, Coal, Great, Crested Tit and Tree Sparrow
32mm Pied Flycatcher, Great Tit, Tree Sparrow, House Sparrow
45mm Starling
70mm Little Owl
200mm Stock Dove, Goosander, Jackdaw, Goldeneye
Open Robin, Wren (if well hidden), Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Wagtail, Song Thrush and Grey Wagtail, Blackbird

Please Note: when nest boxes are in use, keep disturbance in the vicinity of the nest to a minimum and only inspect the nest if acting under the guidance of a formal survey such as the BTO's Nest Recording Scheme.

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