Building your own nest box is very rewarding, especially when a pair of birds later rear a family in it.
The standard "tit" box is quite straightforward to build and a plan and summary instructions are available.
|Box Size||Hole Size||Species|
|Small||25 mm||Blue Tits, Marsh Tits, and Coal Tits|
|Small||28 mm||Great Tits, Pied Flycatcher and Tree Sparrow|
|Small||32 mm||House Sparrows and Nuthatches|
Drill four small (3 to 5 mm diameter) drainage holes in the base, one in each corner.
If woodpeckers or squirrels are likely to be a problem, a metal plate can be fitted around the hole to stop them gnawing or chiselling the hole bigger.
N.B. Measurements for the box are approximate as they depend partly on the thickness of the wood that you use.
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