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Bird Nest Boxes

Our wide variety of Gardman bird nest boxes make great places for hole-nesting birds to nest when they can’t find anywhere else!

Mill Race Garden Centre offers perhaps the best range of bird nest boxes, nest box cameras and roosting pouches in the UK, accompanied by a lowest price promise, fast UK delivery (often the next day!) and free delivery on purchases over £50! You can also shop with confidence with our no-quibble 90 day returns policy. No matter which wild bird species you are trying to attract to your garden we have a variety of wild bird nest boxes to suit any garden.

Nest Box Camera

Our nest box cameras provide you with a unique view of wild birds in your garden.  The Gardman Colour Camera comes with sound and night vision, so you can enjoy the birds from the comfort of your own home.  You’ll never miss a visiting wild bird again!

Roosting Pouch

Having one of our bird roosting pouches is a great way to provide small wild birds with a place to rest their eyes overnight.  Wild bird roosting pouches can be hung in trees or wedged in hedges providing shelter for those worn-out birds!

Nest Box Position

The species of bird attracted to the nest box depends on which type of box is used, where it is located and the general environment around it.  The positioning of a bird nest box is important, it should:

  • Be facing between north and east
  • Avoid strong sunlight (unless there is adequate shade during the day)
  • Offer protection from strong winds
  • Avoid rainwater collection by mounting the box tilted slightly forward
  • Ensure any clutter is removed from the entrance to allow the birds to have a clear flight path to the nest. 

Nest Box Height

Even a small detail such as how high you position a nest box can determine what kind of birds you attract:

  • Open fronted nest boxes for robins and wrens need to be low down and well hidden in undergrowth.
  • Nest boxes for starlings, sparrows or tits should be placed 2-4 metres up a tree or wall.
  • Nest boxes for spotted flycatchers need to be between 2 and 4 metres high with a clear outlook but sheltered by some vegetation
  • Nest boxes for woodpeckers would need to be positioned 3-5m high on a tree trunk and away from any disturbance

Autumn is usually the best time to put up nest boxes as many birds will be seeking suitable places to roost and feed.

Nest Box Hole Size

The bird nest box hole size determines the species your nest box caters for. A hole size of approximately 25mm will cater to most tits but will exclude larger species.  Choosing not to fix a perch on the front of a box also works well to deter intruders. 

Nest Box Protection

Beware of nest boxes intruders including cats, squirrels, rats, mice, woodpeckers and in the case of open fronted boxes members of the crow family. A metal plate fixed around the entrance hole is likely to deter intruders, and using barbed wire or planting some gorse around the box will provide protection against cats.