Create a sparrow street

Give House Sparrows somewhere to raise their chicks with a nest box or two.

A lone House Sparrow perched on a green moss and yellow lichen covered branch.

House sparrows are in trouble – the UK population has halved for reasons that we don't fully understand. However, there are things you can do to help. Putting up a nest box on your house walls is a great way to start. You can buy a classic nest box or, if you have the time, here’s how to make a DIY sparrow nest box.

Estimated time: 3-4 hours Season: Autumn, Winter Skill level: Advanced


Where to put your sparrow nest box

Ideally, it will be under the eaves of your house or high on a wall. Make sure you have the homeowner's permission before putting up a nest box.

The box will need to be at least 3m (10 feet) from the ground, facing north or east to avoid it getting too hot or wet. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight and don't put it over a doorway or well-used path.

The right wood for your House Sparrow nest box

The thickness is important to insulate the box from cold and heat and to stop the box warping). You can use exterior-quality plywood (for a light box) or, for something more sturdy, hardwoods (such as oak and beech) or soft wood (such as pine, but this will deteriorate more quickly). Buy timber approved by the Forest Stewardship Council – look for the FSC logo.

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