Hopefully the first installment has given you lots of ideas about where to out up nesting boxes with small entrance holes. Looking for something else to do? How about some open fronted boxes for those sheltered spots?
Small open fronted boxes can attract a range of species, the size of the opening influences which species is likely to be attracted. The below species are listed below with the height the front panel needs to be for that species if the box is built to the specifications on our small nestbox plan.
robins (100 mm)
wrens (140 mm)
pied wagtails (100 mm)
spotted flycatchers (60 mm)
I have known blackbirds to nest in the more open kind of these boxes as well.
Now, location. Wrens and robins like to nest in dense cover. Ideally for these species put the boxes amongst foliage, an ivy or clematis covered trellis or fence would be ideal. Whilst they often nest on or near the ground, for both species I would suggest locating the box around 5 or 6 feet high within the foliage. Whilst this is the norm, you will see them nesting in boxes that are located in more open situations where buildings or trees provide them with shelter. Locating the boxes tucked under the over hangs of garage or shed roofs can be an effective location. This would also apply to the spot' fly's and pied wag's though they like a clear outlook, often nesting a bit higher off the ground, whilst the wrens and robins don't mind a sheltered entrance.
Most of these locations will be well protected from environmental conditions however it would be worth ensuring that the boxes are not getting full exposure to summer sun, predominant winds and lashing rain.
We've got a number of suitable boxes in our shop if making your own isn't on your to do list, they make a great present, have a look here.
Any questions, fire away in the comments!
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