Make a hanging bird box
This attractive bird house will lure tits, wrens, robins and more to your plot
Providing nesting habitats for garden birds can help increase local populations of tits, robins, house sparrows and wrens. This box is perfect for tits – make the hole 25mm for blue tits or 28mm for great tits. Position in a sheltered, north-east facing spot.
YOU WILL NEED
The following pieces of wood, each 1.5cm thick: 1 x 20cm x 15cm (lid) 1 x 18cm x 15cm (lid) 2 x 15cm x 15cm (front & back) 1 x 10cm x 15cm (side) 1 x 10cm x 13cm (side) Self-tapping screws Phillips screwdriver Drill 25-28mm-diameter wooden drill bit Saw Water-based paint Paint brush Screw-eye and wire for hanging
A suspended box is ideal for keeping predators, such as cats, at bay 1 Ensure you have all the pieces cut to the correct dimensions and work out how they fit to make the box. 2 Screw the pieces together, ensuring they are flush, with no gaps. Don’t attach the front of the box. 3 Drill a 25-28mm hole at the top corner of the front piece of wood and screw this in place to complete the box. 4 Paint the outside of the box and allow to dry. When dry, fit the screw-eye to the top, and hang with wire in a safe place.