Tawny owls traditionally nest in holes in trees and old crows nests but readily take to nest boxes where natural sites are lacking. Some studies have even found that they prefer nestboxes compared to natural sites when given the choice. The Eco Tawny Owl Nest Box has been designed by professional ornithologists to provide a long lasting, comfortable box for a pair of owls in which to raise a brood. Inside an outer shell is a removable wooden nesting chamber with drainage holes made from FSC Certified Oriented Strand Board. The OSB is made by compressing flakes of wood waste or saplings thinned from forests to made space for larger trees. The weatherproof outer shell is made from UV stabilised 100% recycled plastic with a design life of 20+ years. It has been precision cut and uses an ingenious system of tabs to hold it together. This further extends the lifespan by ensuring no fixings penetrate the weatherproof shell to cause rust or degradation. To check or clean the box it is simply a case of twisting the fastening at the bottom and the wooden nesting chamber slides out. The best spot for putting up a tawny owl box is on a large deciduous tree in a coppice or wood. Tawny owls don’t like being disturbed so it’s best to site the nestbox in a relatively secluded spot ideally in the woodland rather than on the fringes. The box should ideally be positioned at least 3m high with branches nearby for the chicks to exercise from when fledging. To protect the nest from heavy rain face the box away from prevailing winds (usually west/south west in the UK) and ideally out of full sun, although this generally isn’t a problem if they are sited within a woodland. Tawny owls do not build a nest inside the box, but research has shown that placing a layer of loose dry woodchips or shredded bark in the base of the box before the breeding season starts may encourage nesting. Tawny owls breed comparatively early with egg laying usually starting between early March and late May.
FSC Certified wooden nesting chamber
Weatherproof outer shell made from recycled plastic
Can be easily and securely mounted on a tree
Suitable for a pair of owls to raise a brood
Quick release fastening enables box to slide out