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Nest boxes

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I put this link up elsewhere but thought it deserves its own thread here https://www.nhbs.com
I support the idea that integrated nest boxes should be compulsory on all new builds and those of us in old houses could easily fit them too. I also like the nest boxes for robins, pretty sure a lot on here could make one themselves but if not then you know what to look for and where to position them https://www.nhbs.com/robin-nest-box.

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After the Storm wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:12 pm
I put this link up elsewhere but thought it deserves its own thread here https://www.nhbs.com
I support the idea that integrated nest boxes should be compulsory on all new builds and those of us in old houses could easily fit them too. I also like the nest boxes for robins, pretty sure a lot on here could make one themselves but if not then you know what to look for and where to position them https://www.nhbs.com/robin-nest-box.
I'm just halfway through making a couple of owl boxes.
Just need to figure out where to hang 'em now.

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Vic, you don’t say what owl the boxes are for but this might be useful, if you go onto the site here https://www.nhbs.com/equipment?q=&hPP=6 ... %20Species it also gives some advice on where to place them for specific birds and maybe they’ll have the one you’ve built yours for.

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And if you are in an area with processionary caterpillars then put up boxes for tits - apparently they eat the caterpillars in vast quantities.

But if you want a tenant in your bird box this year then get them up quick. The house viewing season has started....

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After the Storm wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:36 am
Vic, you don’t say what owl the boxes are for but this might be useful, if you go onto the site here https://www.nhbs.com/equipment?q=&hPP=6 ... %20Species it also gives some advice on where to place them for specific birds and maybe they’ll have the one you’ve built yours for.
Cheers for that :good:
Judging by the noise they make at night there's lots of 'em around here but as I've only ever seen these ghostly shapes hunting over the fields at night I haven't got a clue what type they are.
All I know is that they make an eerie sound like a baby crying or an animal in distress so I'll have to mug up on the things before placing the boxes.

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I get my nest boxes and stuff from Vivara. My favourite is the Stockholm box.

https://www.vivara.fr/nichoirs.html
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In our UK garden we had a tame robin called "Buzz" because he'd zoom past your ear to get your attention if you went out. He would sit on the garden table and watch while I sowed veg seeds or pricked out seedlings. He would sit on the back of your calf (on guard my wife said) while you knelt to plant out or wait beside your trowel to jump in for worms. He was a real companion.

Anyway, I made a couple of robin boxes to spec but was always worried about the opened front aspect of them (we also had a lot of magpies) so I made and fixed a diamond shaped one with the small hole at the top corner. Mostly these went unused. Buzz's first nest was in the gap between a stack of roofing felt ready to re-roof the workshop - so work had to await his pleasure. After that, he always used old teapots we put into our hedges and used them for several years. So, if you smash the lid of a teapot don't chuck it. Put it somewhere safe (preferably) in a tall hedge difficult for magpies and shaded from the sun with the handle up and the spout down. :good: They are an ideal size and the drainage is perfect via the spout. You could drill a hole in the base and screw it to something like a shed wall but, again, it is vulnerable because of the open front.

We also had several of the woodcrete boxes for tits which were used every year and I put up a sparrow terrace, unfortunately just before all our sparrows disappeared.

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Nice idea about the teapots. :D

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A few years ago a robin made a nest in our holly wreath from the front door which I had hung on the outdoor tap near the back door as a step towards taking it to the tip. It never minded us going in and out and we really enjoyed the robin nesting and the young which were reared.

We also placed an old Russell Hobbs kettle minus lid in a hedge down the garden, couldn’t watch much of what went on but it has been used by robins many times over the past 20 years; we clear the nests out after each set of guests.

None of the robins became friendly like your Buzz though, Loup-Garou, it must have been such a pleasure for you.

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Hexenbeest,

Thanks for your post of 7 March.

Most of the villages around here have house martins (hirondelles de fenetre) but ours has none. Myriad swallows but no house martins. I looked up Vivara and ordered an artificial woodcrete double nest to put under our eves - it cost 21,99€ and the care in the packaging really impressed me, all for 4,99 delivery. I found a similar box on the nhbs website but it cost £32.95 before delivery; also it had wooden back plates and top whereas the Vivara is all made of woodcrete, so I reckon it is a pretty good bargain.

I thought I'd surprise my wife as she always stops to watch house martins when we see them. Very smug, I said I had found out about the Vivara site and there are some good, reasonably priced things on there. She said she knew that as she orders all the seeds and feeders from them. :oops:

Anyway, I'm very pleased so thanks for the steer.

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