A nesting box makes a significant contribution to bird protection
In today's cultural landscape, songbirds often have difficulties in finding suitable breeding grounds. There are not always enough old trees with their branch cavities s for the rearing of the young birds. Many species therefore like to take a nesting box.
What nesting box for which bird?
In our product range you will find a large selection of nesting boxes . We carry simple nesting cave for tits and sparrows but also for example special tubes for sand martins. At Grube you will find the right model for a variety of native birds. You can find detailed information about the typical inhabitants of the individual products on the respective product details pages. A versatile box to which many birds take naturally is the Schwegler nesting box 1B. However, it invariably happens that species other than those actually intended avail themselves of the breeding aid.
Which material is best for nesting boxes?
Bird boxes are often assembled from wood. These boxes can easy to put together, however they only have a limited service life. This is shortened mainly by moisture, fungal attack and putrefaction. The woodpecker also likes to hammer out and thus extend the holes. Small birds then rarely accept these modified bird boxes. In contrast, nesting boxes made of wood-based concrete are much more durable. They consist of cement and sawdust and are more resistant to external influences than wooden boxes. However, wooden nest boxes are also available as nest box kit, a beautiful assembling idea for children.
The best location for the nesting cave
In order to breed successfully, nesting caves should be fixed sufficiently high. Free approach is also important. We recommend a cat deterrent girdle to protect against predatorss, especially against cats and marten. Alternatively there are models which offer some protection due to their construction. For all nesting boxes and aids orientation towards south-east is recommended. This is usually the downwind side in Europe. In addition, the warming morning sun reaches the nesting hole better.
Bat boxes help endangered animal species
All species of bats in Germany are subject to strict nature conservation, as has been the case since 1936. Nevertheless, these useful mammals are threatened with extinction because they do not have sufficient quarters for safe shelter and colony formation during the summer as well as for sheltered winter sleep. Since many accesses to former quarters were closed, protection by man is even more important. Special bat nesting boxes help these endangered animals.
Many nesting aids for bats can also be mounted well on facades. Occupancy is not always immediate, so remember to give the animals some time. Since the approach of the animals takes place from below, a mounting height of 3 meters or more is recommended. A free approach zone is also required for bat boxes.
Insect hotels for useful six-legged animals
A wind-sheltered, sunny spot is the ideal site for an insect hotel. These constructions provide a useful shelter for small creatures, such as earworms, lacewings or wild bees. An insect hotel usually consists of several tubes, which are used by different insects to breed. Users include wild beesas well as different species of wasps. As with the birdboxes, there are models that are widely inhabited and such restricted to selected species. Among the specialist habitats are the hornet box and the green lacewing box. Order from a wide range of tried and tested products at Grube. You can also take advantage of our competitive pricing for bulk buyers.