Best Nesting Boxes

With so many different types of garden nesting boxes (bird boxes) available, it can be hard to decide which one is the right one for you, (or should we say, the right one for your garden birds!)

There are two main types of nest box: open fronted and boxes with a small entrance hole.

Open fronted boxes will be used by birds that like to nest in dense foliage such as Robins, Wrens, Thrushes and Blackbirds, Pied Wagtails and Dunnocks. A box with an entrance hole will be used by most other small garden birds, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Sparrows, Nuthatches, Redstarts. Entrance holes range in size from a tiny starter hole that a woodpecker will peck to the desired size, a 26mm hole for blue tits, and up to 28mm and 32mm for other species of small garden birds.

To help you decide, here’s 10 of the best nesting boxes in the UK for 2022. There’s sure to be one that will provide the perfect winter refuge or spring nesting site for one of your garden birds.

You can view our other guides in our Product Guides section here.

1.

Simon King Brushwood Robin Nesting Box

Simon King Brushwood Robin Nesting Box

By Wildlife World

A Brushwood Robin Nesting Box, developed in conjunction with TV's naturalist and wildlife cameraman, Simon King. Robin's prefer an open style nest box with easy access but also like to be concealed from prying eyes of predators. The entrance is open but the nest space is both concealed behind the side wall and covered by a roof.

Rating: (35 reviews)


Nice little nest - Review by Zarrow

"We received the nest promptly after ordering. Very happy with the quality. We have been adopted by a robin for the winter so we have put the nest in the bush where he regularly roosts."

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2.

Tom Chambers Rookery Bird Nest Box

Tom Chambers Rookery Bird Nest Box

By Tom Chambers

This 32mm nest box with a green sloping roof and traditional design is a gorgeous addition to any garden. This Nest Box will help to attracting breeding birds throughout the Spring but will also offer shelter and warmth to roosting birds during the Autumn and Winter.

Rating: (8 reviews)


Good value for money - Review by Janice

"Good value for money and good quality. Birds investigating the box on the day I put it up"

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3.

CJ Wildlife Birch Log Nest Box with 32mm Hole

Birch Log Nest Box

By CJ Wildlife

Made from high quality birch wood this CJ Wildlife bird box comes with self insulating properties which will help increase the survival rate of the younger birds in the nest, and the durable birch exterior of this nesting spot is weather resistant - unlike traditional wooden bird boxes which tend to rot after times of bad weather.

Rating: (9 reviews)


Magnificent - Review by Sharon

"When I opened the box and saw this log nest I was blown away. I could not believe the size, the weight and the the quality. Absolutely magnificent. Looks wonderful out in the garden. I am so pleased I bought it, would certainly recommend. Would make a lovely present for anyone with a garden,...and its a lovely present for the birds too"

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4.

Tom Chambers Robin Nest Box

Robin Nest Box

By Tom Chambers

Designed for the nation’s favourite garden bird, this sturdy little house will also accommodate wrens and dunnocks. It has a built-in hanging slot which makes it easy to mount. Manufactured in the U.K. from FSC certified wood.

Rating: (1 reviews)


Very well made - Review by Carol

"Very well made and not from flimsy wood, but solid. Put it up straight away."

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5.

Wildlife World Dovecote Nest Box

Dovecote Nest Box

By Wildlife World

Offer birds a stylish new home with the Dovecote nest box. The handmade timber shingle roof is topped with a decorative white finial to make a beautiful focal feature in your garden, as well as a practical nesting spot for your small feathered friends, such as blue tits. The black steel hopes and flat-back of the nest box provide structural stability and beautiful presentation.

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6.

Natural Log Tit Nesting Box

Simon King Cabin Nester

By Wildlife World

Attract the nation’s favourite bird to your garden with this open front nest box, a style favoured by robins. Designed by British naturalist Simon King, this brushwood bird box is strengthened by a metal frame and lined for extra warmth to provide shelter and safety to a variety of garden birds.

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7.

Fallen Fruits Acorn Nest Box

Fallen Fruits Acorn Nest Box

By Fallen Fruits

This attractive nest box is made from natural birch log and will blend beautifully into your garden, attracting various birds to nestle in for comfort and protection. The 32mm hole is perfect for larger tits and sparrows. The box has a contrasting roof and comes with a back bracket.

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8.

Jacobi Jayne Woodcrete Nest Box

Jacobi Jayne Woodcrete Nest Box

By Jacobi Jayne

Provide the perfect nesting place for a wide range of birds with this nearly indestructible nest box, featuring a 32mm entrance hole. Made from an incredibly tough and durable mix of sawdust, concrete and clay, this nest box is made to last. Features a removable front panel for inspection and cleaning.

Rating: (17 reviews)


Quite the best nest boxes I've ever bought. - Review by Soleil

"I have used these nest boxes for some 15 years. They are brilliant - they need no maintenance and are easy and quick to clean. Birds really like them - have had blue tits, great tits and nuthatches using them."

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9.

Chapelwood Robin Nest Box Dark Wood

Chapelwood Robin Nest Box Dark Wood

By Chapelwood

A gorgeous Nest Box made from FSC certified pine, with an open fronted entrance (preferred by Robins). The nesting box is a safe and warm environment for the birds, featuring 15mm wall thickness for optimum insulation.

Rating: (1 review)


Top present - Review by Wigtop

"Bought as a Xmas present for my birdbox loving wife. We have a spending limit rule of £10 for each other. On receipt of this well packaged bird box I examined it and am well pleased with what I saw. Good quality, well made and just inside the aforementioned spend limit."

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10.

Fallen Fruits Observation Nest Box

Fallen Fruits Observation Nest Box

By Fallen Fruits

This Fallen Fruits Observation Box is the perfect way to safely keep an eye on nesting birds. Made with natural materials, this nesting box will attract an array of small birds, including the blue tit, house sparrow, great tit and flycatcher. To find out who has decided to settle inside, simply open the side door using the metal latch.

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