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Tit Boxes

Nest boxes for tits should be fixed two to four metres up a tree or a wall. Unless there are trees or buildings which shade the box during the day, face the box between north and east, thus avoiding strong sunlight and the wettest winds. Make sure that the birds have a clear flight path to the nest without any clutter directly in front of the entrance. Tilt the box forward slightly so that any driving rain will hit the roof and bounce clear. 

Two boxes close together may be occupied by the same species if they are at the edge of adjoining territories and there is plenty of natural food. While this readily happens in the countryside, it is rare in gardens, where you normally can only expect one nesting pair of any one species. The exceptions to this are house and tree sparrows, swifts and house martins, which are colonial nesters. By putting up different boxes, several species can be attracted.

The different Tit species require different entrance hole sizes in the nest box, so specify which you want when ordering:

  • 25 mm for blue, coal and marsh tits

  • 28 mm for great tits, tree sparrows and pied flycatchers

 

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Our boxes are available to collect on Wednesday mornings from our base in Winter Hill Road, Cookham Dean SL6 6PJ, or at other times/locations by prior arrangement. They are also available in kit form for assembly by adults and supervised children. We will bring kits along to schools, scout groups, wildlife groups etc. and provide assembly guidance. Contact us for further information.

Tit box