Many birds, including the Robin and Wren and the Blackbird and Thrush prefer open fronted boxes as opposed to those with a small entrance hole. The main threat to this type of nest box is the danger from predators and the easy access to the nest site. Except for the Wagtail and Flycatcher, all open fronted boxes are well hidden in deep, thick undergrowth. This fact needs to be considered when sighting your own open fronted box. To further deter predators, it's a good idea to wrap the box in a "ball" of chicken wire.
Available in both oak and pine. This box measures roughly 300mm high, 150mm wide and 175mm deep in both pine and oak and comes in 3 types. The box incorporates many of the design and safety futures of the small hole box design including a hinged roof to aid end of season cleaning.
Below is the list of birds that you can expect to be attracted to each particular box design
Small Hole Entrance Box Blue Tit Coal Tit Crested Tit Great Tit Marsh Tit Willow Tit Grey Wagtail House Sparrow Tree Sparrow Nuthatch Pied Flycatcher Redstart
Medium Hole Entrance Box Great Spotted Woodpecker Green Woodpecker Hoopoe Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Starling Wryneck
Large Hole Entrance Box Barn Owl Feral Pigeon Goldeneye Goosander Jackdaw Little Owl Mallard Mandarin Ring-Necked Parakeet Stock Dove Tawny Owl Wood Duck
Small Open Front Box Black Redstart Dipper Pied Wagtail Robin Spotted Flycatcher Wren
Medium Open Front Box Blackbird Song Thrush
Large Open Front Box Kestrel
All other birds will nest in either tunnels or in open nests in trees, on cliffs and buildings, or on wetland islands and rafts. This list only covers the most populous birds and is not comprehensive.
This box has a very high front; about 140mm. The Wren is still an abundant species over the whole of the UK. 2 or 3 boxes could be clumped together to cater for future broods from original breeding pair.
The Robin Box
This box has a medium high front; about 100mm. The nests of the Robin are possibly the most difficult to find of all small British birds. Therefore this box should be sited in the most concealed position possible. This box is also suitable for the Pied Wagtail.
The Spotted Flycatcher
This box has a low front to it; only about 60mm. This provides the nest with shelter from above while still allowing a clear outlook from the box.
All of our bird boxes can be easily converted to accommodate a camera. The design gives sufficient height to allow for the installation of the camera without getting in the way of the nest or entrance hole.
How to add your Camera Option
Choose which standard Bird Box you want and add it to the Shopping Cart. Then choose your camera option: Wired or unwired, standard or premium. We will convert the box to a camera format, purchase and install the equipment, so all you need to do is hang and connect.