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Thank you 'Gardeners World' for the very easy instructions on how to build a simple bird nesting box. I now have three boxes in my garden.
i shall be making some bird boxes and placing them in our allotment..thanks.
Thanks for the details. I'm going to be making the bird boxes with the elderly folk at our "Church Holiday at Home" event. Later Graham
Hi there. You mentioned in the article that the box should be facing a north-easterly direction. Would it be possible to face the box south instead? Only, if I was to place it north-east, it would be facing completely the wrong way, and would not be visible from the house. Thanks. Awaiting your reply. :)
Clear instructions - should be feasible for the Youth Club

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i have lots of cats and i can't find anywhere to put a bird box or food can you please give me some tips
Quick and easy, but don't use recommended size screws and nails!!!
secure the top of the box with a leather band od hinge so you can peep at the young and also clean the box easier when needed
oldchippy

I cover the tops of my boxes with damp proof course it also acts as the hinge and keeps the rain off. it comes in all widths you may find some in a builders skip.

oldchippy

ninareddin can your cats clime the house walls, thats a good place as any but face the hole away from the sun or the chick will cock inside on hot days.

My birdbox is facing east.    This avoids the hot sun from the south, and the cold wind from the north.   This summer great-tits raised two clutches in it. 

Botticelliwoman

Hashim, don't face it south! You may end up frying the chicks.  I've got some facing east and some facing west and they only use the west facing ones...go figure

Iam a crafts artist from Bangladesh . Interest Bird box making . Thanks Das
Hi
THE REAR OF MY HOME FACES EAST THE FRONT WEST AND THE SIDE SOUTH , NORTH IS THE NEIGHBOURS HOUSE ATTACHED
WHERE WOULD BE THE BEST PLACE TO SITE A BIRDBOX WITH A CAMERA INSIDE IT?

ROB
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Iam a crafts artist from Bangladesh . Interest Bird box making . Thanks Das

Das, the box as shown  http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/wildlife-gardening/how-to-make-your-own-bird-box/31.html is very simple to make, but if you fancy something slightly different and have the ability/tools, you could always move away from a conventional shape and have some fun.

http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/1707/catbirdbox.jpg

Also if you are making the box to suit sparrows, remember that they are a social bird and as such nest boxes can be made wider or linked together.

In respect of direction, I have nest boxes facing all manner of direction and all get used. The reason that I haven't been too concerned, is that the garden is wooded and shaded so doesn't get any full summer sun. A clear and safe flight line is more important for me when I put them up.



 

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rosie plum
if you faced it south then the harsh sun would cook the young chicks..best follow advice and face north
I want to Catch Pigeons and kill the annoying things that they are.
Great article! A perfect starting point for new birdhouse builders.
It is easier to access the box if you screw the front on rather than the top. You don't have to be as high up the ladder when cleaning the box. Top access is only needed if you need to look at the chicks.
artjak

If I put up several boxes with different size openings for different birds, how far apart should they be? Should they go on the back of the studio facing North, though there is a strong security light there which responds to movement; on the East side is a lean to greenhouse which might confuse the birds. If placed in a tree, how to fasten them there without using screws?