WoodStone nest boxes are manufactured from a combination of wood fibres and concrete, protecting the occupants from attacks by predators such as cats, woodpeckers, and squirrels. It also helps insulate the nest, giving a steadier internal temperature when compared to ordinary wooden boxes, ensuring that young birds have a greater chance of surviving the breeding season.
Three variants are available:
The oval shaped entrance makes it ideal for Tree Sparrows, House Sparrows, Nuthatches, Great Tits, Redstarts, and Blue Tits, with House Sparrows and Redstarts preferring them to traditional round-hole nest boxes. Bats are also likely to be attracted to the shape of the nest box and its entrance.
The round-holed versions are likely to find favour with breeding Blue Tits, Crested Tits Coal Tits, Great Tits, Nuthatches, Redstarts, Tree Sparrows, and Pied Flycatchers.
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These nest boxes are specially designed to help park, woodland, and garden birds, including common birds such as Great Tits, Blue Tits, and Robins; declining red-listed species such as Starlings and House Sparrows; and for use as specialist boxes for species such as Woodpeckers and Treecreepers.
Many of the nest boxes in this range use a material called WoodStone®, which is a combination of concrete and FSC certified wood. Using WoodStone® means the nest boxes are attractive and durable while providing greater insulation than traditional wooden nest boxes.
This aids the stabilisation of the temperature inside the box, protecting it from external daily fluctuations; a clear advantage for nestlings, incubating birds, and birds that use nest boxes as winter roosting sites.
WoodStone® nest boxes are also breathable, preventing condensation issues while still protecting any occupants from rain and wind. Birds may be able to start nesting earlier in boxes made of this material, with more young fledging successfully. Their sturdy construction is also a deterrent to nest box predators such as woodpeckers and grey squirrels.