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Distance between Bird Nesting Boxes.

madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,392
Does anyone know what sort of distance should be between nest boxes for different bird species?
I have a wren ball in the corner of the garden and a Robin nester about 15ft apart and the only place I can but the open fronted (Blackbird) nester is between the two.
Should I just put it up anyway and see if anything turns up?
“Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 32,401
    I think I would just risk it myself. I have a great tit nest box attached to some trellis near my back door. The great tits use it annually and last year a blackbird built a nest on top of the box. Neither 'family' seemed to mind the presence of the other. The wrens built a nest in my shed.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,392
    I will risk it then!
    If even one of the nesters is used I will be pleased!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 6,609
    The usual guidance says don't place nest boxes of the same type close together so you should be ok if they're all different. I don't think there's any real rules though as birds will do what they want and some nest in the oddest places.
    Unlike the brain, the stomach warns you when it's empty.
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,392
    They are all different types so the birds can sort themselves out!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
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