How to make a nestbox

These easy to make nestboxes are cheap to assemble, but will provide vital breeding site for garden birds. .

How to make a nestbox

Here’s how to make a nestbox in four easy steps.

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Step 1

Mark up a wooden plank as shown, cut into pieces and drill a hole in the front section – 25-30mm diameter for blue or great tits. The plank should be at least 15mm thick.

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Step 1

Step 2

Nail or screw the bottom, front, back and sides together. To help the lid nestle into the box, you could chisel out a groove from the backpiece.

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Step 2

Step 3

Make a waterproof hinge for the lid from butyl rubber, roofing felt or a piece of bicycle inner tube. Cut to width of box, nail first to lid then to the back.

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Step 3

Step 4

Site the box at least 3m from the ground away from strong sunlight, prevailing wind and rain. Place away from feeders to avoid disturbance.

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Step 4
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