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 2020. 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.

CJ Wildlife Starter Nest Box

CJ Wildlife Starter Nest Box

By CJ Wildlife

This nest box is a great value option. It's 32mm hole is perfect for attracting Great tits, House sparrows and Nuthatches. Made from FSC certified wood, it can be attached to a tree or wall using a nail or screw and wall plug.

Rating: (4 reviews)


Sturdy bird table - Review by Caroline

"Good basic bird box that hopefully will be enjoyed by the sparrows in the garden."

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2.

CJ Wildlife Birch Log Open Nest Box

CJ Wildlife Birch Log Open Nest Box

By CJ Wildlife

Replicate a natural nesting site with this lovely birch wood open-fronted Log bird box. It provides good insulation for roosting in the winter, or nesting in the spring. Use the hole at the back to attach to a wall or tree in an area with dense vegetation. To clean out the inside, simply unscrew one side of the hinged lid.

Rating: (1 review)


Good quality at reasonable price - Review by Linda

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3.

Jacobi Jayne Cedarwood Modern Nest Box

Jacobi Jayne Cedarwood Modern Nest Box

By Jacobi Jayne

This simple yet elegant nest box will look good in any garden. Easy to clean - simply remove the pin to open the front of the nest box. Made from Canadian cedarwood, cut from managed forests and FSC approved. No stains or preservatives are needed as this nest box will age naturally. Available with a 26mm or 32mm diameter hole.

Rating: (5 reviews)


Great! - Review by GT

"This a a really sturdy bird nesting box and worth the money. The last ceder birdbox I bought lasted years. Highly recommended "

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4.

Tom Chambers Robin Nest Box

Tom Chambers 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)


Robin house - Review by Carol

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

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5.

Jacobi Jayne Woodcrete Nest Box

Jacobi Jayne Woodcrete Nest Box

By Jacobi Jayne

Made from a tough and durable mix of sawdust, concrete and clay ‘woodcrete’ are the world's number one nest box. Garden birds are known to choose these boxes over others. Built to last, they come with a 25 year warranty. The front panel removes for inspection and cleaning. Includes a high strength wire hanger plus a tree safe fixing nail.

Rating: (17 reviews)


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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6.

Natural Log Tit Nesting Box

Natural Log Tit Nesting Box

By Wildlife World

Made from an air-dried hollowed out natural log, complete with bark. This rustic box has a small entrance hole making it the ideal home for Blue Tits. Easy to clean – just loosen the securing screw to lift the hinged lid. There is a hole in the wooden back plate for mounting. FSC certified.

Rating: (6 reviews)


Attractive bird nesting box - Review by GT

"Really nice box for situating amongst the ivy or on a tree. Well made and sturdy. Recommended."

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7.

CJ Wildlife Phoenix Pine Woodpecker Nest Box

CJ Wildlife Phoenix Pine Woodpecker Nest Box

By CJ Wildlife

This attractive nest box features a birch front with a small starting hole. Just as with a natural tree hole, Woodpeckers will peck this to enlarge it to the desired size. To open for cleaning and inspection, the lid can be easily unscrewed. Comes with a hook and fixtures for easy hanging.

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8.

Wildlife World Giant Roost Pocket Small Bird Nester

Wildlife World Giant Roost Pocket Small Bird Nester

By Wildlife World

Perfect for roosting or nesting for small garden birds. Sited in a sheltered spot out of the prevailing wind this could be a life saver for small birds during harsh weather. It has a sturdy inner frame to support the brushwood covering, and integral fixing loops so that it can be easily tied into suitable foliage.

Rating: (4 reviews)


Nicely made - Review by Valerie

"Nice little roosting pouch. More substantial than others I've had previously "

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9.

CJ Wildlife Small WoodStone Open Nest Box

CJ Wildlife Small WoodStone Open Nest Box

By CJ Wildlife

Made from a solid mix of air-permeable concrete and wood fibres known as wood-stone, this hardy box is long lasting and naturally insulated. Can be easily mounted on a wall, fence or tree using the galvanised steel hanger on the back. It comes with a 10 year guarantee.

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10.

Chapelwood Nest Box Dark Wood

Chapelwood Nest Box Dark Wood

By Chapelwood

This classic design nest box has a 28mm entrance hole perfect for the tit family. Made from FSC certified pine, the sides easily open to allow end of season cleaning.

Rating: (5 reviews)


Excellent quality - Review by Helen

"Really well made bird box. Like the design of the side access to clean box out at end of season "

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