Making a bird box is one of the many ways you can create nesting habitats for birds in your garden.
This project uses a single piece of wood, costing just a couple of pounds, cut into six sections. Make sure you site your nesting box at least two metres off the ground, away from predators, strong sunlight and wind. A north-east facing spot is best but other aspects may also work if sufficient shade prevents overheating in summer.
If you have house sparrows visiting your garden, group two or three nest boxes close together, as they tend to nest in loose colonies.
Watch Kate Bradbury demonstrate how to make a bird box, below.
After you’ve made your bird box, you’ll need to find the perfect spot to site it. Here, Monty Don offers some tips on the best spots for erecting a bird box:
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Follow our step-by-step guides to building a bird box, below.
If your box doesn’t attract residents within two years, move it to another part of the garden. Ideally the spot should face north-east, 2-4m above ground and with a clear flight path to the entrance. Tilt the box slightly to deflect rain away from any babies inside.