Nestbox maintenance

Preparing and cleaning your bird boxes

We recommend you clean your bird boxes each year.  However, by law, you can only clean them between August & January (Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981).

To clean them, wash the boxes with boiling water. Do not use any form of insecticide or chemical as this may harm the birds.

Once washed, wait for the box to completely dry and inspect it for any damage which may need repairing.

If your nestboxes need any repairs, make sure you use wildlife-friendly products.

We recommend you give all new boxes a thorough wash with boiling water before putting up to remove any trace of infectious bugs or diseases.


Make your own - if you are interested in making your own nest box please click here for a handy guide