RSPB Giving Nature a Home Campaign

Homes for birds

Natural places for birds to nest, like holes in trees, are getting increasingly hard to find, especially in urban areas.

This activity is about building a home for birds and giving them a place to stay in your school grounds.


Are you doing this activity as part of your Wild Challenge? Take a look at your progress and go for gold!


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What do I do?

  1. You could make a nest box, using the instructions found here: make a nest box / creu blwch nythu (Welsh)
  2. You could even buy a nest box and simply put it up.
  3. Put your nestbox in a suitable site. It should be about 2.5-5m off the ground. It’s best to angle it forward slightly so that rain can’t fall into it. Once the box is up do not disturb it, watch from a distance and see if you get any visitors!
  4. Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo or a piece of writing talking about your experience to help earn your award.

Completing the activity

Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading a photo of your brand new nest box in the place you’ve chosen to hang it. Tell us about any birds you’ve seen using it!

New nest box on tree

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In many places there are simply not enough natural places – like holes in trees – for birds to nest. You can help by providing them with a nestbox.