WoodStone® Nest Box

Vivara Nest Box Week

We want to give half a million birds a home this winter - Can you help us?

It's Vivara Nest Box Season and we want to help stop our garden's from falling silent, by campaigning to give more shelter to our garden birds.

We're joining forces with our European branches to help spread the word far and wide.



Most people think putting up a bird box is just for spring when breeding season starts.

Whilst this is partly true, it's a common misconception that winter is also a crucial time of the year to hang these up.

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Winter Sparrow

Winter is challenging

Whilst winter for us humans means cosy nights indoors, for our non-hibernating wildlife this is a challenging time for them as they battle with the colder weather. Not only is the weather harsher, daylight hours are at it's shortest and natural sources of shelter is scarce. Thick vegetation has thinned down, meaning birds struggle to find natural nesting sites to rest from the cold weather. Can you see where we're going with this?

Early bird

Early bird catches the worm

Trying to find a space to nest and breed near spring becomes increasingly competitive, as lots of garden bird pairs search for a comfortable and safe space to begin breeding. If birds find a space they love ahead of time, they will cite it and claim the nest box as their own ahead of spring. This is much more likely to set them up for a successful breeding season in the spring - and how lovely to have a feathered neighbour all year round!


Deforestation is a problem

Intensive farming, a change in agricultural methods and the increase in developments has result in natural habitats taking a hit. We have less habitat-rich sites, which means we have a responsibility to provide substitute nesting sites to help support our garden birds.

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Peter's Favourite Nest Box

Meet Peter, our CEO and self confessed nature lover who talks about his favourite nest box. "I like our Eco WoodStone® range, a unique product we make in Eastern Europe in our own factory. Especially the Malaga WoodStone® nest box, as it's not only highly attractive for our garden birds like Great Tits and House Sparrows, it's also wonderful to look at!"

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Nest Box FAQ's

  • Where should I site my nest box?
    The best height for your nest box is widely accepted as being between 1.5m and 5.5m high (5ft - 18ft respectively). However, if your area has a particularly high cat population it is best to site your box even higher. If you only have an exposed site to offer, face the box somewhere between north through east to southeast, avoiding prevailing winds and strong sunlight. If siting in woodland, the dry side of the tree trunk offers the most protection. By their nature, open nest boxes require more cover; siting them near to climbing plants where they can be partially obscured is ideal. Siting your nest box near vegetation also aids young birds taking their first flights as it gives them both physical support and good cover. A clear flight path into the box works best and avoid sites such as the top of fences that make it easier for predators to get at the box.
  • Will my nest box be used straight away?
    Although you may want to see your new nest box used immediately, this is actually quite rare. Birds like to 'check them out' first to become accustomed to them and to ensure that they are suitable. Don't give up though as the sight of newly fledged chicks is well worth the wait! Nest boxes erected before the breeding season begins (February) are therefore more likely to be used.
  • How long does a nest box last?
    How long a nest box will last depends on the material it is made of and what treatment it has undergone. We give 10 years warranty on our WoodStone nest boxes. These nest boxes are made of a mixture of wood fibre and concrete. Besides the fact that this material is weather-resistant, it also has an insulating effect. As a result, there are fewer temperature fluctuations in the nest box and this increases the hatching result. All our wooden nest boxes are made of at least 18mm thick wood. Then they are finished with a paint or varnish layer in order to limit weathering. We also have a series of nest boxes with burned wood. In addition to the decorative effect of this thermal treatment, there is also a chemical change in the structure of the wood, which increases the durability.
  • Does the colour of my nest box matter?
    Although birds recognise colours, the colour of the nest box does not matter. However, birds prefer a breeding place that is as natural as possible. They do this in order not to be noticed by predators.
  • How often should I clean my nest box?
    Cleaning the boxes out at the end of each breeding season will encourage them to be used again in future years. As the nesting time of birds varies from species to species we suggest you wait until October when the last of the birds will have left. The nest may come out easily but if there are any deposits scrape them out, minding the dust as you go. We recommend using hot water rather than chemicals to remove any parasites that remain. As a final word of caution, take care when opening your nest box as other species such as bats, wasps and bumblebees may have started to use the nest!
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