How to install a nest box camera

How to install a bird nest box camera

Using a nest box camera gives you a bird's eye view of nesting birds. Find out how to install one, in our practical guide.

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Knowing that birds are using your nest box to raise a family is great, but imagine if you could watch them building the nest and feeding their young. 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.

Kate Bradbury explains how to make a bird box in our No Fuss video guide, below.

Find out how to install a nest box camera, below.


You Will Need

  • Bird box camera kit, with fixings
  • Drill
  • Drill bit kit
  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers

Total time:

Step 1

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.

Install a nestbox camera - drilling a cable hole in the box

Install a nest box camera – drilling a cable hole in the box

Step 2

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.

Install a nestbox camera - feeding the cable through the hole

Install a nest box camera – feeding the cable through the hole

Step 3

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.

Install a nestbox camera - fitting the camera

Install a nest box camera – fitting the camera

Step 4

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.

Install a nestbox camera - securing the wire

Install a nest box camera – securing the wire