Posted: 20/02/2013 at 14:53
Hi Fiona, Just seen your post. When I had an allotment I used these under the eves of my garden shed as it was in a quiet corner of the garden and it attracted Robins on a regular basis. I have also used them in woods and hedgerows along bridal pathways etc, these attracted Robins, Wrens, Blue Tits and Flycatchers in the main. There are two types you could try; First as outlined above, in my 19/03/12 post. Secondly; If you are more of a DIY handy person, you could take the most basic version which is two pieces of wood approx 7x5 HxW and 5x5 HxW, these will make your back and front of the nest box for an open fronted type, or you could use two 7x5 pieces of wood and drill an appropriate sized hole in one as an entrance. This next part, for the mesh, leaves, hay, Bracken, moss etc, is made as above, but you only need a narrow piece of mesh, about 7 or 8 inches wide at the most when all made up. Nail, screw or staple the mesh all around one of the 7x5 pieces of wood, (preferably the back) you should now have what looks like a plant trough when laid on it's back. To fit the front, simply insert the smaller 5x5 piece of wood at one end and secure with nail, screw or staple. I prefer to set the front about one inch inside the edge of the mesh, once secured I bend in the mesh a little and provide a drip eve to the roof area, a stick can also be used across the front as a landing perch if you like but it is not necessary. You could use a square piece of wood as a floor if you are short on wire, however, you can use two or three sections of wire if you don't have one long piece, it's all mix and match, to use up any old piece of wood, wire and recycled hanging basket lining etc to give your birds a secure camouflaged home. Hope this has been of some help. Malcolm.