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Old Saturday 4th August 2018, 12:30   #1
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House Martin nest boxes

I have a couple of House Martin boxes to put up next year. I was just wondering how likely they are to be occupied? Some of my boxes, eg Tree Creeper box, have never been touched. Also how much of a problem can sparrows be in taking over the box? There are a few pairs nearby. With thanks.
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Old Thursday 20th September 2018, 16:53   #2
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I have had two House Martin nest boxes (well clay cups) on my house for 4 summers now, and nothing has nested in them. They have been visited once or twice but they are obviously not to the prospectors liking! What is doubly frustrating is that 6 of the 8 houses of the same design as ours on the same street have genuine House Martin nests in the gable roof, but not ours!!
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Old Sunday 30th September 2018, 10:08   #3
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Thanks Lazza, sorry to hear about your lack of success. Do you think it matters which direction the boxes face? N S E or W? You didn't even get House Sparrows?
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