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Refreshed 6th Feb (Posted 4th Feb)Edited by:"MarkShopper"
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Put these up and make space for nature. Install them securely as high as you can, out of the reach of cats.

Advice here rspb.org.uk/bir…ox/
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Had a Bluetit family in mine last year, put loads of fat balls out in the garden, seeds, fresh water and such to keep them fed. Could hear them tweeting all day long in the box, then one day I couldn't hear them anymore.

Couple of days later, just sitting in the garden, I see a Bluetit swoop on to my feeding station, and briefly afterwards, what I can only describe as three small, somewhat clumsy balls of fluff who all lined up right in front of me.

Job done.
Edited by: "guru404" 4th Feb
Recently anything with "bird box" in the title just sends me into a corner crying and rocking
Just to add , Both my boxes are used for birds to roost in over winter , I have a camera in them so this is how I know.
I have a Blue tit in one and a great tit in the other.
People don't always realise they are being used as it comes in at dusk and leaves at dawn everyday during winter only.
Edited by: "Lards" 4th Feb
littel.helper04/02/2019 18:50

Hot. I don't know if it's just me but lately I am seeing less and less …Hot. I don't know if it's just me but lately I am seeing less and less feathered friends in my garden. I love watching them.I do have bird feeder with plenty of food for them.



Some species have had dramatic declines: rspb.org.uk/bir…ine

We can all help by making our gardens more nature friendly.
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Recently anything with "bird box" in the title just sends me into a corner crying and rocking
Normally £2.50 in the sale but still a bargain at £3. Hot from me, I have loads in my garden
Thx OP good spot. Great for twitchers to get a closer look, supply fat balls securely nearby high up too. Chirpy chirpy cheap cheap
Put one of these up last year, for some reason the birds hate it even though we installed a perch near the entrance for their convenience. Must admit these do (well the one I had) smelt lovely and I couldn't resist giving it a sniff every time I walked past it before it went up.
Hot.
I don't know if it's just me but lately I am seeing less and less feathered friends in my garden. I love watching them.
I do have bird feeder with plenty of food for them.
Edited by: "littel.helper" 4th Feb
freakstyler04/02/2019 18:38

Put one of these up last year, for some reason the birds hate it even …Put one of these up last year, for some reason the birds hate it even though we installed a perch near the entrance for their convenience. Must admit these do (well the one I had) smelt lovely and I couldn't resist giving it a sniff every time I walked past it before it went up.



The perch could put the birds off, as it could make it easier to predators to attack.
MarkShopper04/02/2019 18:59

The perch could put the birds off, as it could make it easier to predators …The perch could put the birds off, as it could make it easier to predators to attack.


Doubt it, its 20ft up the side of the house and I've seen absolutely nothing go anywhere near it. Could be the smell i mentioned though.
littel.helper04/02/2019 18:50

Hot. I don't know if it's just me but lately I am seeing less and less …Hot. I don't know if it's just me but lately I am seeing less and less feathered friends in my garden. I love watching them.I do have bird feeder with plenty of food for them.



Some species have had dramatic declines: rspb.org.uk/bir…ine

We can all help by making our gardens more nature friendly.
freakstyler1 m ago

Doubt it, its 20ft up the side of the house and I've seen absolutely …Doubt it, its 20ft up the side of the house and I've seen absolutely nothing go anywhere near it. Could be the smell i mentioned though.



It can be hit and miss, it could stay empty for years then gets used.
freakstyler04/02/2019 19:02

Doubt it, its 20ft up the side of the house and I've seen absolutely …Doubt it, its 20ft up the side of the house and I've seen absolutely nothing go anywhere near it. Could be the smell i mentioned though.


Birds don't need a perch , This will only make it easier for other birds to attack the young chicks , Magpies and woodpeckers will take live young birds at ease.
And depending on the bird not all of them like it that high.
I have a blue tit box about 6ft from the ground and it does well.
Positioning is key, Don't face it south it will be too hot .
North or NE is best .
Also the size of the hole matters.
Just to add , Both my boxes are used for birds to roost in over winter , I have a camera in them so this is how I know.
I have a Blue tit in one and a great tit in the other.
People don't always realise they are being used as it comes in at dusk and leaves at dawn everyday during winter only.
Edited by: "Lards" 4th Feb
birds don't like my family mum's bird house. I dunno ...
Lards04/02/2019 19:07

Birds don't need a perch , This will only make it easier for other birds …Birds don't need a perch , This will only make it easier for other birds to attack the young chicks , Magpies and woodpeckers will take live young birds at ease.And depending on the bird not all of them like it that high.I have a blue tit box about 6ft from the ground and it does well.Positioning is key, Don't face it south it will be too hot .North or NE is best .Also the size of the hole matters.



Well ours was specifically placed to hide a patch of ugly cement from an old drain hole which was its man purpose. We have other feeders and open tables in the garden which do well so they do have multiple options.

When we had our guttering replaced we had the builders leave the soffit vents off as we had swallows or swifts nesting in the loft just so they had an escape route, it was late august early sept anyway so they were well gone. We left them off until late October and the little birds loved the holes, they'd go in one and out another. Thankfully the swallows found there way back in the loft, having purposely left the ends open front and back where the guttering joins our neighbours.
I took the front off one of mine as have lots of black birds, wrens & Robins in our garden so hoping they will use it as the tits use the other boxes every other year!
freakstyler04/02/2019 19:20

Well ours was specifically placed to hide a patch of ugly cement from an …Well ours was specifically placed to hide a patch of ugly cement from an old drain hole which was its man purpose. We have other feeders and open tables in the garden which do well so they do have multiple options. When we had our guttering replaced we had the builders leave the soffit vents off as we had swallows or swifts nesting in the loft just so they had an escape route, it was late august early sept anyway so they were well gone. We left them off until late October and the little birds loved the holes, they'd go in one and out another. Thankfully the swallows found there way back in the loft, having purposely left the ends open front and back where the guttering joins our neighbours.


If you have Swifts nesting they will come back to the same house every year all the way from Africa, Amazing really but they know which site they have used.
We have a lot of Blue Tits nearby and I put one of these up last year not really expecting them to show much interest but they nested in it and I've seen some having a look inside already recently. A bargain at £3. Just make sure you clean the old nest out when the chicks have flown.
littel.helper58 m ago

Hot. I don't know if it's just me but lately I am seeing less and less …Hot. I don't know if it's just me but lately I am seeing less and less feathered friends in my garden. I love watching them.I do have bird feeder with plenty of food for them.


Cats......
Lards04/02/2019 19:27

If you have Swifts nesting they will come back to the same house every …If you have Swifts nesting they will come back to the same house every year all the way from Africa, Amazing really but they know which site they have used.


They have done since the 50's apparently.
freakstyler04/02/2019 19:02

Doubt it, its 20ft up the side of the house and I've seen absolutely …Doubt it, its 20ft up the side of the house and I've seen absolutely nothing go anywhere near it. Could be the smell i mentioned though.


20ft is quite high for most nesting birds, i would try anywhere between 6-10ft the birds have to ensure nothing too high as when the babies fledge they can just about fly and go straight to ground cover. i put one about 4ft of the ground in some bushes and i have a pair of wrens in their last year and had 12 chicks. be careful about the position of sun full sun is no good and birds wont use it, best is morning sun and shade in the afternoon
Edited by: "robbp" 4th Feb
robbp1 m ago

20ft is quite high for most nesting birds, i would try anywhere between …20ft is quite high for most nesting birds, i would try anywhere between 6-10ft the birds have to ensure nothing too high as when the babies fledge they can just about fly and go straight to ground cover. i put one about 4ft of the ground in some bushes and i have a pair of wrens in their last year and had 12 chicks. be careful about the position of sun full sun is no good and birds wont use it, best is morning sun and shade in the afternoon


See my earlier post, there was method to my madness.
Zoea2 h, 33 m ago

birds don't like my family mum's bird house. I dunno ...


Birds do like it to be facing in a particular direction. They don't like it to be facing the sun or strong winds. Also don't put it too high up or where it is regularly disturbed by people traffic.
We bought one of these last year but removed the top bit as the birds had problems getting in and out.
Good buy but the RSPB chap told me the best thing is to leave some of the garden a bit more wild. We try to leave the corners and also have planted some lavender and wildflowers which the butterflies and bees love.

Result - lots more birds, lots more insects and wildlife - and no more slugs, because the birds get there first.

100% Tidy garden = unhappy birds.
Edited by: "TipsyNurse" 4th Feb
freakstyler3 h, 9 m ago

Doubt it, its 20ft up the side of the house and I've seen absolutely …Doubt it, its 20ft up the side of the house and I've seen absolutely nothing go anywhere near it. Could be the smell i mentioned though.


way too high for robins or wrens, seem to recall they like them up to 6ft but no more, not sure about the tits or tree sparrows though as a couple of my boxes are around 8 feet up trees and gets used every year by blue tits and tree sparrows. I have tried several boxes with the robins but they always seem to prefer and old bbq or weird places in a disused half tumbled down shed.
Had a Bluetit family in mine last year, put loads of fat balls out in the garden, seeds, fresh water and such to keep them fed. Could hear them tweeting all day long in the box, then one day I couldn't hear them anymore.

Couple of days later, just sitting in the garden, I see a Bluetit swoop on to my feeding station, and briefly afterwards, what I can only describe as three small, somewhat clumsy balls of fluff who all lined up right in front of me.

Job done.
Edited by: "guru404" 4th Feb
littel.helper04/02/2019 18:50

Hot. I don't know if it's just me but lately I am seeing less and less …Hot. I don't know if it's just me but lately I am seeing less and less feathered friends in my garden. I love watching them.I do have bird feeder with plenty of food for them.


Did you do any major work to your garden lately? Or do you change the layout often? Birds don't like it when they have an area and it suddenly changes. They will go away for a couple of seasons or more if you upset their habitat.
Edited by: "Gray_Anderson" 4th Feb
Shemale_obsession_XY_XX3 h, 21 m ago

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Comedy Gold. How you've not been booked to do a residence at the O2 Arena is beyond me.
Lards04/02/2019 19:10

Just to add , Both my boxes are used for birds to roost in over winter , …Just to add , Both my boxes are used for birds to roost in over winter , I have a camera in them so this is how I know.I have a Blue tit in one and a great tit in the other. People don't always realise they are being used as it comes in at dusk and leaves at dawn everyday during winter only.


Hi Lards,what type of camera have you got setup and how please ? i was only talking last week about doing this so any info would be of help.Thankyou
Isn't the hole too small on these ?
mrtea19677 h, 9 m ago

Hi Lards,what type of camera have you got setup and how please ? i was …Hi Lards,what type of camera have you got setup and how please ? i was only talking last week about doing this so any info would be of help.Thankyou


It's just a basic system with a wireless receiver, It cost about £50 from Amazon, Tbf the system gets quite a bit of interference, They do better IP cameras now.
As with both you need power to the box , So I have a cable running from the house ,
The IP ones would work better imho.
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Gray_Anderson04/02/2019 23:14

Did you do any major work to your garden lately? Or do you change the …Did you do any major work to your garden lately? Or do you change the layout often? Birds don't like it when they have an area and it suddenly changes. They will go away for a couple of seasons or more if you upset their habitat.


Not any major changes in my garden but I do change bird feeder location now and again.
Thanks for information. I'll try and keep them in one place.
littel.helper1 h, 34 m ago

Not any major changes in my garden but I do change bird feeder location …Not any major changes in my garden but I do change bird feeder location now and again.Thanks for information. I'll try and keep them in one place.


You should be alright moving the feeders around a little, I do it regularly to prevent build up.
A few metres or so is fine the birds will find it don't worry about that.
freakstyler13 h, 26 m ago

They have done since the 50's apparently.


I suppose that's about the time flights became cheaper and more reliable.
Been thinking of getting one of these Is there a chance that wraps or bees could build nests in them ?
If you want to help the birds, stop mowing your lawn.

An untidy garden harbours millions of insects etc

Running a lawn mower over your garden every 2 weeks will kill most of them off.

Feeding birds artificially and adding wooden houses to the side of your house just seems like a token gesture if your garden is well kept it is very un-friendly to wild life
Not sure what to do with my birdbox. It is entwined in ivy and covered with a hanging basket (wire only!) . Will take some time to take it down so not really wanting to. But last year we had coal tits nesting in it. I heard the chicks begging for food when a parent visited. But the chicks didn't seem to make noises for long and I never saw any coal tits after the box fell silent. So it's possible the chicks died in the box and didn't fledge. At the time I was feeding reseller sunflower seed which seemed ok from what I read at the time.
Does the box need taking down? I know it sounds macabre but it's been a long time and the box may be habitable whatever happened last year?
Edited by: "Meathotukdeals" 5th Feb
For best results, mount box in a shaded area or on a wall facing East where it is shaded from afternoon and evening sun; idirect sun overheats the box.
Ive just took the birdbox past the thousand
freakstyler4th Feb

Doubt it, its 20ft up the side of the house and I've seen absolutely …Doubt it, its 20ft up the side of the house and I've seen absolutely nothing go anywhere near it. Could be the smell i mentioned though.


Needs to be about 8 ft high facing north to attract bluetits. Away from any bird feeders.
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