There are a variety of cameras on the market  but not all are suitable for use in wildlife boxes


Some cameras introduce artificial light which can be disruptive or overheat the box and dehydrate its occupants


I'm happy to discuss the options available to you to ensure that you are satisfied with your choice and get the best enjoyment from the camera installation

"Pete Maule Wedge"

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 do not like draughts and prefer boxes where temperature and humidity remain constant. They also need a rough textured wood to cling to with a landing area leading to the entry slit just wide enough to let the bats in but too narrow for predators


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

Support Wildlife and Boost Your Business 

 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 

A stack of bird box kits ready to go

Tawny Box. Tower or side entry
£59.95

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

Mature trees with hollows, nooks and crannies provide natural homes for a variety of birds, bats, animals and insects but can be lost over time for many reasons


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



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£7.95

Kestrel Box

£49.95

Photo courtesy of Jim Malcolm

And Finally ......

Simple boxes like these are inexpensive and practical 


Guidance for siting and maintenance is provided with my nest boxes or you can visit the BTO and RSPB websites for more information


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

Although called Barn owls they don't have to nest in a barn. Barn owls will take advantage of any suitable space they can find

Hedgehog Box  

A simple box similar to the diagram  now only £49.95 

(Hedgehog not included)

Basic bird box  £7.95 

You can choose the opening hole size or opt for a variety pack of 4 boxes with different openings  for  £27.95 


If you want 4 boxes with the same size opening for a starling or sparrow "terrace", still only £27.95

Barn Owl Boxes

£9.95

"Kent" style

Internal Barn Owl Box  £49.95

External Barn Owl Box £59.95



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


Mounts for internal or external boxes will normally be £10.00  but may increase for unusual site conditions. 

Wildlife Accommodation

Bird Boxes

Squirrel photos courtesy of Jim Malcolm 

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


Bat Boxes

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

I can provide these ready to install or for self assembly


A' things wood with a BumBeeTartan ® twist 

What did Wildlife do before boxes were made?

Tawny Owl Boxes

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​​


 UNTREATED WOOD


  All my small boxes for feeders, birds, bats,

  bugs and butterflies are made using untreated

  wood


  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 22mm 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


A new box built to the clients specifications.


Now 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


Discounts available for schools and community groups

All bird and bat boxes available

as kits for self assembly


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


Aluminium surrounds available £2.95 each

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 but possibly an external wall  It is important to select a suitable site for the installation of Barn owl boxes


Although Barn owls are a fully protected species, anyone can own and install an owl box but 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












                  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




PAINT or PRESERVE 

YOUR  BOX


  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