National Nest Box Week

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Now in its 20th year, National Nest Box Week (NNBW) takes place from 14-21 February and has become an established part of the ornithological calendar.

NNBW aims to encourage people to put up nest boxes in their local area to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of breeding birds and wildlife.


To celebrate NNBW, our chirpy team has put together a list of top installation tips to help you get the most out of your nest boxes this spring.

• Location: This is the most important thing to consider as you need to provide a safe and comfortable environment where birds can nest successfully.

• Keep a distance: Remember nesting birds need space so you shouldn’t put different nest boxes too close together as it may promote aggressive behaviour between nesting neighbours. You should also avoid putting nest boxes near bird feeders as high levels of activity from other birds may also disturb nesting pairs. • Shelter: Make sure your next box is adequately sheltered so it is protected from bad weather. A top tip is to place it on a slight angle so that rain can run downwards as this will prevent it going into the nest box. As well as rainfall, you also need to make sure the nest box is sheltered from harsh winds and strong sunlight.

• 3 Metre Rule: Nest boxes are best placed three metres above the ground on tree trunks so they are out of sight of predators. However, you must also be careful that there are no foliage obstructions as this will prevent birds from getting into the entrance hole and discourage nesting.

• Open fronted boxes: If you are using an open fronted nest box, make sure it is hidden from view to prevent predators from seeing it and getting in. It’s advisable to attach these types of boxes to walls or fences that have shrubs and creepers growing against them to keep them more hidden.

• Check the box: Before you put the box up, make sure you check it to make sure it is safe and substantial and isn’t easily accessible to predators like cats or squirrels.

• Inspect fittings: If fitting boxes to trees, we advise you use galvanized or stainless steel screws or nails as these won’t rust. You also need to inspect these fittings regularly to ensure the box is securely attached.

Where can I get my nest boxes from? The Code Store has a range of high quality nest boxes and accessories from starlings to sparrowhalks. If you are a developer building to The Code for Sustainable Homes specification, please note that all our nest boxes provide code credits. To speak to one of our team, call 0151 324 0779 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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