Bird Nesting Boxes For Sale Online
With over 60 different species known to use nesting boxes in the UK, the best bird houses are sure to attract welcome visitors to your garden. Blue Tit, Great Tits, coal tits, Nuthatches, sparrows, robins, Starlings and tawny owls could all take up residence. The wild birds that you can attract will depend on the type of bird houses that you choose and where you locate them.
Robin Nest Boxes along with Bird Houses For Swifts, Blue Tits & Other Garden Birds
Whilst some species of birds are flourishing in the UK, others are in decline. It makes sense to provide a bird house which will be attractive to birds like sparrows and starlings as they need a little help in order to thrive. If this idea sounds appealing then check out the requirements of the birds you are interested in to discover the type of bird house which will best suit their needs.
Safe Bird Houses For Wild Birds
At Little Peckers we have a wonderful range of affordable bird houses which would make attractive additions to your garden whilst helping the wild birds. Bird houses are best made from wood as this material is insulating without presenting the danger of overheating. It is weatherproof and will not cause condensation to form. This is important as condensation will create damp conditions for the birds. Wood also provides the rough surface which is safest for birds and chicks when they wish to access or leave the bird house.
All of our wooden bird houses are designed and constructed to be safe havens for wild birds and have no features or sharp elements which could injure them. Birds require only simple nesting boxes and so you don?t need to worry about investing in extravagant designer bird houses if they are beyond your budget. The birds will be just as grateful for cheap bird houses that will provide the security and shelter that they need!
If you are looking for a wild bird nesting box, you have come to the right place. We have an excellent range of low cost, affordable bird boxes and houses. Our birdhouses provide a safe, cosy, comfy home for wild birds to raise their young.
Different types of bird boxes
Many species of native wild birds continue to flourish in the UK whilst others now have falling populations. You may have particular favourites which you are keen to attract to your garden and so you should check out what type of bird box would best suit their needs. However, it is a great idea to choose the best nesting boxes for the species which are in decline like sparrows and starlings. Then you can give them a little helping hand.
We sell numerous different bird box designs and shapes, whether you prefer a bird box that blends in, or stands out, we will have one to suit you. We sell durable, safe bird boxes of the highest quality which are extremely easy to put up. Little Peckers also does bird boxes that are designed for specific bird species, such as bluebird nesting boxes.Wood is the perfect material for nesting boxes as it is insulating and so keeps the birds and their chicks warm on colder days. When the weather gets warmer, a wooden nesting box will not become excessively hot inside and so the birds will never overheat. Wooden nesting boxes will also be free from condensation which can cause young birds to become damp. The rough surface means that birds can enter and leave the nesting box safely.
Birds naturally build nests in all sorts of places, from in the roof of a garage to inside a tree. However, in some areas wild birds have difficulty finding a safe place to nest. Bird nesting boxes that are put in trees can mimic their natural nesting places. Having a nesting box for birds can attract a wide variety of birds to your garden.
Bird species and nesting boxes
The type of bird that decides to reside within your nesting box depends a lot on the size, shape design, and placement of your bird house. Approximately 60 different species of birds use nest boxes, with the most common being blue tits and great tits.
You might also see other birds such as sparrows, wrens, starlings, blackbirds and robins using your birdbox. Small birds like to have nesting boxes that have entry holes that they can just squeeze through, as this helps protect them from predictors.
Where to place your bird box
The placement of your nesting box is crucial, as it will have a big impact on whether or not birds take up residence in it. Find a tree or a wall that’s not constantly in direct sunlight, is away from potential predators, well sheltered and at least 1.5 metres off the ground.
Watching a wild bird family take up residence, grow and flourish in your bird box is a wonderful experience. From a distance you can watch the baby birds poking their heads out of the nesting boxes, and if you are lucky, spreading their wings for the first time.
Unbeatable prices and deals
We have boxes and designs to suit every taste and budget. Nesting boxes can really help the wild bird population, don’t let the birds in your garden go without the luxury of a convenient place to shelter their family. Take advantage of low prices and special offers and buy a wild bird nesting box for your garden online today with Little Peckers.
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Providing a secure and insulated haven for wild birds, nesting boxes are used by as many as 60 different species in the UK. Great tits, greenfinches, blue tits, robins, sparrows, starlings and even owls will be attracted to the right nesting boxes. By investing in a bird house or nesting box you can ensure that you are helping the wild birds and that your garden is a great place to see them.
Enjoying the sound of the new chicks cheeping away doesn?t have to cost the earth if you buy your nesting boxes from Little Peckers. Our affordable nesting boxes are available in a variety of styles and you won?t be selling the wild birds short. Birds aren?t worried about designer bird houses because they don?t need a luxury pad. Our cheap nesting boxes are designed with the birds? needs in mind and so will certainly hit the mark.
Do You Have Sparrow Nesting Boxes?
House sparrows are tenacious opportunists and have managed to colonise most areas of the world. However their numbers have been in sharp decline in the UK. It is estimated that the population of house sparrows dropped by an alarming 71% between 1977 and 2008. The decline in England has continued but sparrow populations have recovered a little in other areas of the UK.
The precise reasons for the decline in the sparrow population are unknown and research continues. Changes in agricultural practices may be partially to blame. Improved hygiene at grain stores and a reduction in winter stubbles has robbed sparrows of valuable sources of food. But this isn’t the whole story.
Just about everything you can think of has been blamed for the falling sparrow population including predation by cats and air pollution. Recent research suggests that there are two factors which have proved to have the greatest impact – a lack of insects and a lack of nesting sites.
Insects and House Sparrows
Insects are an important source of food for sparrows especially when they are feeding their young. The number of insects available has fallen due to urbanisation. Meadows have become housing developments and gardens have become tidier and more formal.
You can help house sparrows by allowing at least a section of your garden to go wild. You should plant insect friendly trees including apple, oak, birch and alder. It helps if you feature plants which attract butterflies as these will lay eggs which will then deliver a supply of caterpillars in the spring. The insects in your garden will bring other visitors such as bats and hedgehogs. You should control pests in your garden via natural means rather than by using chemical pesticides.
Nesting Sites and Sparrow Nesting Boxes
House sparrows are naturally social birds and prefer to nest in large numbers. They seek nesting sites in hedges or high up in buildings. Modern houses do not have traditional eves and many hedgerows have been removed and so the number of potential nesting sites has been reduced.
You can really help by putting up sparrow nesting boxes on your property. One bird boxes is not sufficient to attract a colony and so it is best to place a few side by side. They should be at least 2m above the ground. Choose sites which are shaded from the sun and shielded from the wind.
You could also plant hedgerows or large shrubs around the borders of your garden. These will provide valuable cover and so enable the sparrows to feel more secure and could be chosen as nesting sites. Hawthorn, elder and buddleia are all excellent choices. Buddleia is also a firm favourite with butterflies.
House sparrows will visit garden feeders and so the provision of food will attract the birds to your garden and will help them to prosper. They enjoy mixed seeds and mealworms but do ensure that you keep your feeders clean to prevent the spread of disease.
It may take some time to encourage house sparrows to visit your home but if you create the right environment, you should eventually see house sparrows around your property.
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Why South-Facing Bird Houses are a Bad Idea
It can be difficult to choose the best site for your bird house, especially if you don’t happen to be an ornithologist. There are many factors to consider including the threat from predators and the danger of birds flying into the windows of your home. Now, new research has revealed that the direction in which your bird house faces could be crucial too.
Scientists at Lund University in Sweden have looked at how temperatures in a nesting box impact the development of the young birds within. The biologists experimentally increased nest temperatures to see how this would affect body temperature, growth and apparent survival in blue tit nestlings.
Baby Blue Tits Battling High Temperatures
Baby blue tits are able to maintain their regular body temperature even when nest box temperatures reach 50 degrees C or above. But the researchers found that the nestlings pay a high price for the effort they exert to regulate their body temperature. The birds who have battled high temperatures exhibit restricted growth when compared to those who benefitted from a cooler environment.
The study’s findings are likely to apply to other small species of hole-nesting birds. The research team have, therefore, recommended that nesting boxes are not positioned so as to be south-facing and exposed to the sun. A spot in the shade would be a much better choice. South facing locations are the hottest and so present problems for the birds.
Nesting Boxes and Climate Change
The effects of climate change are making the issue of overheating nesting boxes an increasing problem. Indeed, the various extreme weather events that we are experiencing are all seriously impacting birds. Their food sources are often disrupted and their migration patterns disturbed. Birds are being forced into a fight for survival in the face of abnormally mild winters, abnormally early springs, ridiculously late snow fall and high winds.
The First Study of its Kind
According to the Swedish researchers, their study represents the first of its kind. The team warmed up the nest environment inside the box for a week by placing human hand warmers under the nesting material. They continuously measured the temperature in the nest box, the nestlings' body temperature and their body weight. The birds are so good at maintaining their own body temperatures that the biologists believe natural selection has favoured birds with this ability.
It could be a good idea to relocate any south facing bird houses in your garden which do not benefit from shade, even if blue tits do not visit your garden. It is highly likely that most species will be impacted by excessive heat in their nesting environment and so you can help the birds by choosing the right spot for your box