There are few joys greater than watching wildlife, and if we can do this in our own gardens, without having to travel to the other side of the world, all the better! One of the most enjoyable aspects of having a garden is that we can actively encourage our furry and feathered friends to enter our space, putting out food and providing homes and safe places for them, so they know they can visit us without being put in danger.
Perhaps the best way of encouraging birds into our gardens is by regularly feeding them - but giving them somewhere safe to nest in the breeding season is another way. Placing nest boxes of various sizes in protected, out of reach areas of your garden will not only give your local birds a better chance of successfully raising the next generation, but will also enable you and your family to watch the process of nesting, feeding and fledging from the comfort of your own home.
This nest box is made of durable pinewood, and is designed to attract a large range of bigger birds to your garden. Its 50mm diameter entrance hole is just the right size for a variety of birds including the beautiful hoopoe, various woodpeckers, nuthatch, collared flycatcher and the red-breasted common redstart, as well as a range of tits and even sparrows (who, being very social, prefer to nest in groups).
The box has a slide-out front so you can access it easily for cleaning purposes, and comes with a wooden panel for easy hanging. Just remember to place it carefully, in a spot where predators can’t reach, so the birds feel safe and secure. They’re bringing up their babies in this house, so it needs to be a safe one!
Any occupied bird box will provide endless hours of entertainment for you, as observers, but if you can encourage different species of birds into your garden, their value is increased. Imagine seeing a woodpecker emerging from your nest box next spring, and rushing to tell the kids. The TV cartoons won’t stand a chance! Well, at least for a few minutes.