Note, that in some of these posts, we recommend an entrance size of 30mm x 65-75mm. As Starlings can squeeze into a 30mm slot, we now recommend an oblong or obround entrance 28mm x 65-75mm.
This box is suitable for any location as it has a double thickness, waterproof roof (made of uPVC). The 30° sloping roof should deter predators.
For design details, download (pdf)
Flatpack assembly instructions (pdf)
Assembly animation: Youtube
John Stimpson now supplies this nest box:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 01353 740451
This is a low-cost, waterproof, long-lasting, low weight and aesthetically acceptable Swift nest-box.
Zeist nest box.
This box is based upon a Dutch design. Over
Simple shoebox designs
These designs are the simplest possible carpentry. Ideal under eaves out of the rain.
This can be made in 2, 3 or 4-box versions.
End box cabinet.
This can be made in 2, 3 or 4-box versions
Eaves box design tool.
This tool will calculate all of the dimensions needed to make eaves boxes to fit a wide range of geometries.
Box for open eaves with joists
These can be the most unobtrusive of all external nest boxes.
Oostvoorne eaves box. These boxes were designed for a mitigation project in Holland