Best nest boxes for your garden
Help support the local wildlife by providing safe nest boxes for the birds in your garden.
At a time when bird habitats are disappearing, it’s more important than ever we create safe homes for the wildlife visiting our gardens. From 14th-20th February this year, the UK celebrates National Nest Box Week, the perfect opportunity to help build up British bird populations. And with breeding season fast approaching, there’s no better time to invest in one or two new nest boxes for your garden.
If you’re to create a safe and comfortable habitat for your visitors, you’ll need to make sure you plump for a high-quality design. So, here’s our personal selection of favourites to get you started.
7 nest boxes to add to your garden this year
Tom Chambers Snuggler Nest Box For Wild Birds
Tom Chambers sells a range of highly reviewed nest boxes, including a rookery, robin house and a birch nester, but we’ve selected the brand’s Snuggler Box for our list. With its 32mm entry hole, it’s designed specifically for a range of different garden birds, including tree sparrows – a species that has dramatically declined in the past 30 years.
This nester is also a high-quality option, as it’s made by hand from FSC-certified wood. Plus, keeping it habitable and hygienic should be easy, thanks to its front panel, which lifts away for simple, hassle-free cleaning.
Wooden Acorn Birdhouse
- Buy now from National Trust (£25.00)
Taking the shape of an acorn, this smart bird box makes a charming addition to any outdoor space. It’s designed with wrens in mind, and should provide a comfortable home for them when the weather is poor.
As a sustainable option, the wooden element of this birdhouse is crafted from FSC-approved timber.
Simon King Wildlife World Brushwood Nester
Lightweight and easy to install, this nester is a popular choice among consumers. It’s made from steel, rattan and brushwood for an authentic and durable finish. Just use the coiled wire to fix it somewhere safe within 20 feet of a bird feeder.
The clever design features a low dividing wall between the nesting area and the more exposed landing platform. A nester like this should attract species like robins, tits, wrens and finches.
As an added bonus, it should blend in nicely with hedges and other foliage in your garden.
Woodcrete Nest Box
- Buy now from Garden Bird (£44.99)
Woodcrete nest boxes are another fantastic option. As an alternative to traditional wooden structures, they’re made from a tough mix of concrete, clay and sawdust, which will stand up to the toughest weather conditions and predators.
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They also provide a warm and rot-free environment for your garden birds. In short, Woodcrete nesters last for decades.
Once in place, expect the nest box to attract small garden birds, such as sparrows, nuthatches and pied flycatchers.
National Trust CJ Wildlife Build Your Own Nest Box Kit
- Buy now from National Trust (£14.00)
The National Trust shop is a great place to look for high-quality nest boxes. This ‘build-your-own’ kit provides not only a safe haven for garden birds, but also a fun activity for anyone who enjoys a quick craft project.
Inside the pack, you’ll find pre-cut wooden sections made from FSC-certified timber, which you connect up with nails and screws to create your very own bird box.
Everything you need is there, including a hanger to secure your nester in place and start attracting great tits, sparrows and pied flycatchers.
Tawny owl nest box
- Buy now from the RSPB (£99.00)
If you live near woodland, consider installing a nest box for large birds. This one is for Tawny owls, which need slightly less space than barn owls. As for construction, it’s made from FSC-approved wood and comes complete with a hatch to make cleaning fuss-free.
This bird box also has a long perch for the owls, which you can remove if you prefer.
When putting the owl nester in place, be sure to attach it to a mature tree near woodland or hedges. Ideally, face it east, north-east or south-east to protect the owls from the prevailing wind.
Best For Birds Swift Nesting Box
Swifts spend most of their time up in the skies but they need a safe place to rest every now and then. By putting this special nesting box in a sheltered area, you can support swifts near your home.
FSC-certified pinewood makes up the majority of this nester, which features a door at one end. And the zinc roof gives it a high-quality finish, which should keep it looking smart in your garden for years to come.
Or, consider making your own?
For more advice on supporting local wildlife this year, take a look at our run-down of the top DIY bird feeder kits available to buy online.
Alice is a digital writer with a knack for tracking down the most innovative and exciting products to hit the market. Working across several of Our Media's special interest brands, she's written for publications including Countryfile, Gardens Illustrated and Science Focus. Outside of work - and lusting over homeware and gardening products - you’ll find her rambling in the great outdoors or watching an old film.