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How to install a bird nest box camera


Knowing that birds are using your nest box to raise a family is great, but imagine if you could watch them doing it. Miniature surveillance cameras are now available which allow you to do just that. The cameras are affordable and come in kit form, needing no particular skill to install. Once the camera is in place, you can watch the real-life drama unfold on your TV.

See our practical project for advice on making a hinged nest box, ideal for accommodating a bird camera.

How to do it


The camera is fixed to a cable link that is best threaded through a hole in the box side. Use a drill bit that makes a hole wide enough to fit the lead and plug through.


Carefully thread the cable into the box through the hole you've drilled. Make sure you don't damage the plug by forcing it through - if necessary, widen the hole instead.


Mark the camera position according to the instructions, to ensure it will focus correctly. Drill small holes so the screws go in easily. Then screw the camera to the wall of the box


Connect the camera according to the instructions and plug into your TV to check the focus. Secure the wire with clips to prevent pulling, hang up the box and enjoy the show.

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buddy 24/11/2011 at 15:29

Can you tell me where to get a bird box camera kit from please.

bel9tinker 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I have just -11th. Jan.-fitted a camera to one of my bird boxes and I am delighted to see that a blue tit is nesting in the box every night.
I hadn't realised that I would see a bird outside of the nesting season and we are having great pleasure from looking to see it has gone out in the morning and again each evening to see if it has returned. This in itself makes fitting a camera very worth while.

bel9tinker 24/11/2011 at 15:29

Reply to Buddy.

My camera came from who are based in St Leonards, Sussex.
Hint. 1 Make sure you calculate the approx length of cable that you will need to reach from your Box to your TV.
Hint 2 If you intend fitting the camera into a box you already have, you should plan well ahead so that you can take the box down for the minimum time in case birds are using it regularly for roosting.

Good luck

trillium2cv 08/01/2015 at 18:39

I have considered doing this many times but my own personal experience is that you need a site that previously had a successful nesting box first. The last 2 boxes I put up have had no use for nesting by birds so far, although 1 has been used as a winter roost I think. A system that allows all the equipment to be fixed to a removable lid and a wifi link and battery power might be helpful too, so I can move the lid to where the birds end up choosing as a nest site. Too many natural nesting sites here I guess.

Tootles 08/01/2015 at 20:52

Let us know if you find a good one Trill. I'd love to install one too.

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