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What You Can Do

Many of our modern habitats are missing the nooks and holes that would once have been used by birds, bats and other animals for nesting. Happily, we can not only provide new nest holes, but also recreate these natural nesting places over time.

Know Your Species

Whether you prefer to build your own, or buy one online, nest boxes can provide a refuge for all different types of wildlife. They’re usually designed to house one particular species or a group of species – e.g. an open-fronted box is good for robins and wrens. So it’s worth identifying which species are in your area before you install a box, to make sure it will be worth your while.

Many Kinds of Box

Don’t forget the more obscure kinds of nest box that may create benefits for biodiversity on your land:

  • Barn Owl and Kestrel Boxes
  • Bat Boxes
  • Bee Hives (wild ones)
  • Dormouse Boxes
  • Duck Boxes (wild ones)
  • Hedgehog Boxes
  • House Martin Nest Cups
  • Sparrow Terraces
  • Swift Bricks


Replacing Lost Cavities

In urban areas, we’ve lost roof cavities, which have been closed off to improve insulation. In rural areas, we have fewer mature and dying trees, which often have hollows, rotten trunks or simply a large diameter – more suitable for drilling new nests. 

We can replace roof cavities with swift bricks and bat boxes, while trunk cavities can be restored by planting new trees and/or ‘veteranising’ selected trees – drilling into them and stripping the bark to encourage rot and rapid death. While new holes are forming, nest boxes can be secured to high posts, buildings and less mature trees in a rural setting.

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