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Create Your Own Bird Box...

April 30th 2014
By: Melanie

It’s at this time of year when our feathered friends come into life and our gardens come alive with the sound of birds. If you don’t have many birds in your garden, and would like some more then a good way to attract them is by putting in a bird table, house or by hanging some seeds in your trees.

There are a multitude of different feeders and birdhouses available on the market, but how about creating your own? We’ve been inspired by Kevin Mc Cloud’s latest Channel 4 series – Supersized Salvage, where they created the most beautiful organic looking bird nest house from the airplane’s ducting, so here are a few suggestions:

The most obvious ways to create a bird nest box is by using six pieces of wood, two for the top and four to create the sides. The RSPB offer a step-by-step guide on how to create and maintain your own wooden bird nest box.

However if you would like to create one from recycling old materials then why not use an old wellington boot, just cut a hole in the front and hang it from a tree, you could even ask the children to decorate it with paint.

Another idea is to use a medium size terracotta pot and cut out a piece of ply to fit into the front of it, make a round hole in the ply and then attach the pot, base down to a tree. Or you could buy an old small post box or even an American style post box as a home or a feeder.

It is important to make sure that you bird nest house or feeder is high enough to avoid any predators such as cats, any height between 1.5 and 5.5m metres high will normally be safe. The size of the hole you make for your bird nest house will determine the type of species you attract, so here is a guide:

 28mm Blue, Tits, Great, Crested, Marsh & Willow, Coal, Pied Flycatcher and Tree Sparrow

32mm House Sparrow, Great Tit, Tree Sparrow, Crested Tit, Nuthatch, Pied Flycatcher

34mm Nuthatch, House Sparrow, and Redstart

45mm Great Spotted Woodpecker and Starling.

80mm Stock Dove and Jackdaw

200mm Stockdove, Tawny Owl, Goosander, Jackdaw & Goldeneye

Oval House Sparrow, Nuthatch and Redstart

Open Front - Robin, Wren Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart and Black Redstart, Pied & Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush & Blackbird

If you have a home made feeder or bird nest box in your garden, then why not share your creations with us on our Facebook page – we would love to hear from you.