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Bird Nest Box UK - Size Question

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Old Monday 20th August 2018, 19:26   #1
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Bird Nest Box UK - Size Question

Hi,

I am thinking of purchasing some bird boxes, I have seen some really nice ones on a popular auction website.
The description states:
Suitable Blue/Great Tits Sparrows Finch Coal Tits Pied Fly

The Dimensions are:
Height 6 inches
Width 4 inches
Depth 3.5 inches

Are these dimensions OK ?
They seem a bit on the small side to me

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Old Monday 20th August 2018, 19:56   #2
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Yes, they seem small.
May I suggest you purchase them from an establishment such as your local wildlife trust, not only will you be sure of the correct size box and entrance hole but will also be contributing to conservation in your area. It's also a good idea to work out how many to put up and where best to site them.
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Old Monday 20th August 2018, 20:54   #3
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Thanks, thought it was a bit small..
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Old Tuesday 21st August 2018, 11:52   #4
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Apart from size, siting can be critical. Make sure they are high enough and away from any features that would give access to the local moggies. I had one on my garage wall for years and despite a couple of tentative looks from blue and coal tits it remained stubbornly unoccupied year after year. I did spy a neighbour's cat walking on the flat roof of the garage so I moved it onto the main house wall. Within a fortnight we had a pair of Wrens take up residence. It may have been the cat, but I think more likely that where I moved it to was a south facing wall which got more sun than the partially shaded and east facing wall where it was previously located.
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Not sure about a southern aspect unless shaded as there is the potential for nestlings to overheat in sunny weather.

BTO have a good book available on this subject.
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