Putting up nest boxes for birds
Why put up a nest box?
Natural nest sites for birds such as holes in trees or old buildings are disappearing fast as gardens are ‘tidied’ and old houses are repaired. Providing nesting sites for breeding birds in your garden gives you the fascinating experience of watching a key part of the lifecycle of birds happening close at hand. Choose from the options below to find the right nest box for the right place, or read our short Essential Guide.Nest Boxes: Your essential guide
Tell us about your nest box!
If you have a nest box, you can tell us about the birds breeding inside it. This information helps us paint a picture of how well our birds are faring during the breeding season - vital knowledge which can help us track population size changes as well as inform conservation.Find out more
Which birds use nest boxes?
The list below includes some of the species most likely to take up residence in a nest box within Great Britain. More detailed plans for boxes for several common species are included on our Building a nest box page.
Small nest box with hole
Open-fronted nest box
Medium nest box with oval-shaped hole
Large nest box with hole
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Very big nest box
Nest Boxes: Your Complete Guide
If you want to know more, try our in-depth book. Written by Dave Cromack and drawing on the BTO's expertise, this new book provides the perfect guide to building, erecting and monitoring nest boxes for a broad range of bird species.Find out more and buy today
A Blue Tit diary
Hazel McCambridge walks through the diary of an average Blue Tit during the breeding season.
Monitor birds nesting in your garden
Make a record of the activities of nesting birds in your garden, from nest building through to the young fledging.