Which Bird House do I need?
Building a house from scratch is a major project which is why most people choose to move into one which has already been built. Birds often feel the same way! They are quite happy to build their own nests but in urban areas finding a suitable site can be difficult. If you put up bird houses in your garden they will be attractive propositions for a variety of popular species, but which bird house do you need?
All you have to do is to decide which birds you would like to attract to your garden. It is a good idea to think about this before you invest in a bird box or boxes because each species has its own special requirements when it comes to nesting. Here’s what you need to know to choose the right bird house.
Which bird house for Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Great Tits and Sparrows
These birds are firm favourites and welcome visitors to any garden. They require small wooden nesting boxes with a hole at the front. The boxes should be roughly 200mm (side) x 200mm (front) x 210mm (roof) x 350mm (back) x 150mm (width). The size of the hole is the most important consideration. Birds prefer boxes with holes just large enough for them to pass through as this prevents potential predators from gaining access. The hole needs to be at least 25mm in diameter for blue tits and coal tits, 28mm for great tits and 32mm for sparrows. You can also fit a hole restrictor to the box. This is a guard which prevents predators from pecking the hole to make it wider.
Swifts, Starlings, Woodpeckers and Little Owls
These fascinating species require a medium sized bird house. Look for bird houses roughly 250mm (side) x 250mm (front) x 230mm (roof) x 400mm (back) x 180mm (width). The hole should be around 45mm in diameter.
Robins, Pied Wagtails, Wrens
These birds prefer to use an open fronted bird house. This should be positioned at a height less than 2m and preferably close to the cover of a bush or small tree but with easy access to the entrance. It helps if you angle the house so it tilts forward a little as this will keep the rain out of the nesting area.
These birds usually make their homes almost entirely from mud. They will not use a conventional nesting box and so you will need to purchase a house martin nest box. These are also known as nest cups and should be affixed to the wall of your house under the eaves. They mimic the cup shaped mud nests that house martins build. It is best to feature several house martin bird houses at your home as this species tend to nest in groups.
Bird Houses For Sale at Little Peckers
At Little Peckers we have a fabulous range of bird houses. Whether you are looking for robin bird houses, blue tit bird houses or house martin bird houses for sale, you will find what you need and at the best price here at Little Peckers.