How to build a nesting box for birds

How to build a nesting box for birds

With natural nesting sites in decline, putting a nestbox in your garden can make all the difference to your local birds.

The total area of all gardens in the UK exceeds that of our nature reserves, and as development destroys trees, hedges and old buildings, natural nesting sites are in decline. Nestboxes placed in gardens can make a real difference to the success or failure of a breeding species in an area, especially when accompanied by the regular supply of suitable food and water.

You will need

  • Rough cut, unplaned, untreated, softwood timber, 15 cm wide x 150 cm long x 1.5 cm thick
  • Scrap rubber, such as an old inner tube from a tyre
  • Galvanised 20 mm (3/4") nails
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Scissors

Dimensions need not be precise; make the box to suit the materials available, rather than buying materials to match any given dimensions.

nest box

Vine House Farm

Shop for nest boxes

When you shop with Vine House Farm 4% of every sale and £10 per new customer goes to The Wildlife Trusts. They have a variety of nest boxes, including specialist boxes for birds such as house martins, swifts and swallows.