A' things wood with a BumBeeTartan ® twist 

What did Wildlife do before boxes were made?

A stack of bird box kits ready to go

"Pete Maule Wedge"

Tawny Box. Tower or side entry


  All my small boxes for feeders, birds, bats,

  bugs and butterflies are made using untreated


  Some box makers use wood as thin as 10mm

  which is often pressure treated

  Toxic chemicals can leach from pressure

  treated wood when wet or damp

  These chemicals can contaminate food stored

   in the box  or be ingested if the animal or bird

   pecks or gnaws on the wood

   I use 21mm thick rough cut untreated timber

  This provides better insulation against cold or

  overheating during use  


  At end of use it can be disposed of safely

  by composting or burning without

  fear of chemical fumes or contamination

Aluminium surrounds


Many visitors come to Scotland to explore its landscape and enjoy its natural wildlife

A wildlife box can be installed on your property and fitted with a camera to provide your guests with a fascinating glimpse of nesting activity as they relax in the comfort of their bedroom at the end of the day​​



  All boxes made using untreated wood

  can be painted on the exterior using

  water based paints or protected using

  water based preservative commonly

  used for fences 

  The outside of butterfly

  houses & bug hotels

  can be colourfully painted or decorated    to make great garden features

  Birds Bugs n Butterflies don't mind what

  the outside of the box looks like

  as long as the box is safe on the inside


Photo courtesy of Craig Lindsay

Hedgehog Box  

A simple box similar to the diagram  only £79.95 

(Hedgehog not included)


1 Basic bird box 


4 Basic Bird boxes


Mature trees, embankments and old buildings can provide shelter for many birds, owls and other small creatures.

Mature trees can blow over, embankments erode and old buildings can be demolished or renovated

It is because of the loss of this mature natural habitat many wildlife supporters install simple boxes which provide essential homes and shelter

                  Bird Box size guide

                      Opening sizes

  25mm: Blue tit, Coal tit

  28mm: Great tit, Pied fly catcher    

  32mm: House sparrow

  45mm: Starling
  Open front: Robin

Bird Boxes

Tawny Tower Type

Barn Owl Boxes

Photo courtesy of Jim Malcolm

And Finally ......

Although called Barn owls they don't always nest in a barn. Barn owls will take advantage of any suitable shekter that they can find

External Barn Owl Box

Image by Norbert Oriskó from Pixabay

"Kent" style


   Softwood frame with exterior grade plywood.
   Protected with water based preservative 

​   Mineral felt roof attached with adhesive. 

   Mid Drain holes and bar to protect nesting area

   Mid entry opening for maintenance

   Solid brass hinges & bolts for access & maintenance

 Visit the sites below for more ideas, inspiration and learn how easy it is to support amazing creatures that need a little help. If you need a little help to provide a little help, contact me. One small box can make a big difference by providing shelter for a wee beastie 



Due to a decline in the number of Bats they are a European Protected Species

Part of the decline of bats is due to loss of roosting places

Bats do not build or burrow to create roosts but take advantage of spaces created by other animals or spaces created in buildings or other man made structures

Bats are not rodents. Bats will not chew on cables or timber causing damage

Simple boxes which give bats a safe dry place to roost can be attached to trees or buildings

Anyone can own, build or install a bat box but once installed it can only be opened or approached legally by a licenced bat worker ​

Bats are a schedule 1 protected species under the Wildlife & Countryside Act. It is illegal for any member of the public to disturb a roost (which includes opening to take a peek), handle or kill any bat

However, you can still monitor your bat box without disturbance. Mouse sized droppings beneath the box are a sign that the box is occupied or observe from a distance at dusk to see if bats are exiting the box to hunt

If you are interested in bat conservation visit the Bat Conservation Trust  for more information

Image by Shabbir Vavwala from Pixabay

BumBeeTartan bird box lids are recessed into the box back to help minimise rain penetration and draughts

Drain holes in the base help to ensure that water does not accumulate within the box to affect any nest within

Tawny side entry

Support Wildlife and Boost Your Business 

Wildlife Accommodation

Simple boxes like these are inexpensive and practical 

Many bird boxes may sit for a year or 2 before being occupied as birds are wary of unusual scents.

My bird boxes are made entirely from untreated natural wood with no potentially harmful preservatives.

I have to air dry the wood for several weeks  before it is suitable for use. The wood used is FSC approved and locally harvested and processed

As a result, I often get feedback that my bird boxes are occupied the same season that they are installed

General guidance for siting and maintenance is provided with my nest boxes or you can visit the BTO and RSPB websites for species specific information

Nest boxes are provided ready assembled but can be provided as a kit for self assembly and make great garden projects

Bat Boxes

Discounts available for schools and community groups

All bird and bat boxes available

as kits for self assembly

Internal Barn Owl Box      £89.95

External Barn Owl Box £99.95

Prices are for boxes without mounting kit as some sites may not need it, particularly internal boxes

Mounting kits are normally £10.00 but may increase for unusual site conditions. 

Squirrel photos courtesy of Jim Malcolm 

Photo Courtesy of Craig Lindsay


Barn owl box built to the clients specifications.

 Installed with snow on the hills and although wet underfoot the box is dry

  and hopefully a barn owl will 

 make use of it soon

Tawny Owl Boxes

Particular care must be exercised in the location of Tawny owl boxes

Tawny owls can be fiercely aggressive in the defence of their territory and can attack anything or anyone that approaches their nest

​Tawny chicks often fledge from the nest before they are really ready for the great outdoors but the parents will continue to feed them and protect the chicks while they are on the ground

Tawny owl boxes are best sited within woodland well away from general public activity as any path nearby could expose anyone using the path to harm

Kestrel Box


Hedgehog houses, Butterfly houses, Bug hotels and Hibernation boxes made to order

Barn owl boxes are generally made in two styles:

  • Internal boxes. These are not usually weather proofed as they will be mounted inside a suitable building and modern barns can make great sites with a little consideration to the location of the box within the barn

  • External boxes. These boxes will be weather proofed and mounted in a suitable outdoor location most commonly a tree or possibly an external wall 

Barn owls are a fully protected species but anyone can own and install an owl box however a licence is required for anyone undertaking any activity which is likely to result in the disturbance of nesting owls or their dependant young which includes opening the box to have a peek to see what's going on in there

If you want to view the inside of your owl box I recommend the installation of a camera when the box is first set up and before it is occupied

The box you install might not be occupied by the creature you had in mind

Just because it is called an "Owl Box" or "Hedgehog box" there's no guarantee that an owl or hedgehog will take up residence

Any creature that takes a shine to the space can set up home

Birds may roost in the box over winter or small animals may use it for hibernation

I have seen wood pigeons and squirrels snuggled up comfortably in owl boxes and bat boxes "adjusted" by Tree Creepers to nest in

But that's all part of the fun. At the end of the nesting or breeding season clean out the box refresh the bedding, maybe tweak the box location and see who takes up residence next year