In 2012, following several years of research, development and trials, we launched our WoodStone® range. Produced using sawdust from FSC® certified wood, all products in the range are competitively priced, guaranteed for 10 years and should not decay or deteriorate.
The insulating qualities of the WoodStone® material also maximise survival rates of nestlings, and prevent predators destroying the nest box to gain access to nests.
WoodStone® nest boxes are constructed from a mix of concrete and responsibly sourced wood fibres. This mix of materials provides:
• Excellent insulating properties which give a more consistent internal temperature – vital for incubation and brood survival
• A very durable exterior which makes the boxes resistant to all weather conditions … and predators such as squirrels & larger birds
• WoodStone® boxes can last for 10 years! The breathable material
reduces condensation and prevents rotting.
By using a mixture of concrete and FSC® certified wood we can create nest boxes that are attractive and durable, while offering greater insulation than a wooden nest box. This helps to stabilise the temperature inside the box from daily fluctuations, a distinct benefit for incubating birds, nestlings and birds that may use the box as a winter roost site.
WoodStone® nest boxes are breathable, avoiding problems with condensation while still protecting the occupants from rain and wind. There is some evidence to suggest that birds may be able to start nesting earlier in boxes made of this material, with more young fledging successfully.
The robust construction will also resist the attentions of nest box predators such as grey squirrels or woodpeckers, yet another reason to choose WoodStone®!
This range includes nest boxes designed especially to help woodland, park and garden birds, including common birds such as Blue Tits, Great Tits and Robins, declining Red Listed species such as House Sparrows and Starlings, or specialist
boxes for species such as Swifts.
You can influence which birds will use a nest box by choosing the appropriate entrance hole size.
The sizes listed are the minimum required for the bird to access the box, but most species will readily use a well sited box with a larger entrance size.
Ø 25 mm: Blue Tit, Coal Tit
Ø 28 mm: Great Tit, Pied Flycatcher, Tree Sparrow
Ø 32 mm: House Sparrow, Nuthatch
Oval (Ø 34 mm): Particularly suitable for House Sparrow, Common Redstart
Ø 45 mm: Starling
Open fronted: Robin, Wren, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Wagtail