Bird boxes to replace trees

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Bird boxes to replace trees

  • So my neighbour has just knocked to tell me that they're having the 3 conifers in their garden chopped down. I know there are a lot of blue tits and great tits nesting in there so I want to put up some bird boxes in my garden to try and give them somewhere to go. However, my garden is south facing and I have no walls or appropriate trees to put them on. If I was to put a board up between two posts and put a few boxes on there (north facing), would that be sufficient, or would it be too open for them? I can put them by the fence which is covered in ivy and already has blackbirds living in it. Any comments or other suggestions would be appreciated.
  • Hi Amanda

    Just to let you know that if there are nesting birds in the conifers your neighbour will be breaking the law, all nesting birds are protected under the countryside act.

  • If you put boxes too close they probably wont get used by more than one family of Blue or Great Tits, they can be very territorial and wont tolerate another bird nesting too close.

    If you put one box on a post over 2M off the floor at may get used (probably next year, I have some on clothes posts about 20M apart and they get used.

  • No, there are no boxes in the trees, but thanks.