Block nest boxes made from old woodpecker nest cavities

Nest boxes made from hollowed out sections of tree trunks are particular-favourites of marsh and blue tits, but are preferred by all birds because of

Methods of opening boxes for cleaning

Angle slrip ngiletJ to base of box lo make a simple groove to slide base in and out

Methods of opening boxes for cleaning

The base can be held in place with 3 staples and a piece of stilf wire

Bottom draws out after nail is withdrawn

The base can be held in place with 3 staples and a piece of stilf wire

Bottom draws out after nail is withdrawn

Nest Box with an automatic catch for releasing the bottom for cleaning

Nest Box with an automatic catch for releasing the bottom for cleaning

Long stick and hook for reachi up to release th bottom c

Long stick and hook for reachi up to release th bottom vw

their superior insulating properties. Homes well insulated against cold during winter nights arc especially valuable tor small birds like tits which can otherwise bccorne frozen. Nest hoxes of this type can be made from birch, aspen, alder, pine, spruce, etc. Woodpeckers often drill their nest holes in birch or aspen, and when these trees fall over or arc cut down, you can use these hollowed out sections of the trunks as nest boxes after sawing them into suitable lengths.

It should be emphasised however, that trees or branches should never be cut down simply to obtain these old woodpecker nest holes in order to make a natural looking nest box for your own garden. There is no merit in removing such a natural nest site because in so doing you will simply be addingto thedestruction and removal of naturally available nest sites badly needed by hole nesting species.

Nest boxes can also be made from solid trunk sections using the same tree species, such as birch and aspen. As an experiment I once set up ten birch block nest boxes for small birds in pine trees, and all ten were taken up by pied flycatchers during the first season.

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