Making your own bird box is an excellent substitute for a tree hole, and you can get as creative as you like with the design.
Follow our guide on how to make a bird box and where to place it. This one can be a little tricky, so be sure to ask an adult to help you.
You can install any bird box for this challenge, but the instructions here are for a House Sparrow box which is on the smaller side. We have instructions for making nestboxes for lots of different garden birds, and a guide to making a Swift box for these graceful summer visitors.
Nestboxes are best put up during the autumn. Many birds will enter nestboxes during the autumn and winter, looking for a suitable place to roost or perhaps to feed. They often use the same boxes for nesting the following spring.
Don’t worry if birds don't move in right away – it may take a while for a family to take residence. But be ready when they do. Hopefully, before long, you’ll notice some activity, like males chirping nearby, or even from the roof of the box.
If you’re short on time or DIY skills you can buy a House Sparrow nestbox. (You can also buy other nestboxes for a range of garden birds.) You could also paint your nestbox and make it your own with a pattern or design.
Follow the instructions carefully and you should have a box that could be home to a brood of baby birds.