HOME FOR HOUSE MARTINS
1 Choose the right spot for your nestboxes - in between windows (to avoid droppings) and sheltered from the prevailing wind is a good idea. 2 Artificial House Martin nests are available from many stockists - a double nestbox is recommended, as the birds like company. 3 Most House Martin nestboxes attach with a couple of screws – a hammer drill makes life easier, and get someone to hold your ladder! 4 Insert the two large retaining screws into the holes that you’ve made, and then hang the nestbox on to them using the slots provided. 5 Double-check that the box is stable and hanging level - House Martins will appreciate a secure home for their youngsters! 6 Your nestbox is ready for use! House Martins often ‘prospect’ for nest sites in autumn, so put your boxes up as soon as you can.
They’re a species that has declined worryingly in recent years, for a variety of reasons including a lack of nest sites