How To Build a Bird Box

The recent wintry weather may have turned our back gardens into pretty picture postcards, but spare a thought for the wildlife trying to survive at this time of year.

With my DIY tools still out after building last week’s log shed, this week, I set about building some bird boxes to dot around our garden.

In case you didn’t know, National Nest Box Week runs from the 14th – 21st February. It was established back in 1997, because of the lack of nesting holes in modern and renovated houses, and overly tidy woodland management policies. Since then, the annual campaign has gone from strength to strength with one simple message, ‘build or buy a nest box and give a bird a home’. 

So with drill in one hand, and camera in the other, here’s a short video showing you how to build a simple bird box. If you stick to the end, then you’ll see something special.












This weekend, we fled to the seaside…

Orford Ness

Ade took a well-needed break from tending the allotment, and I, a happy respite from pickling!

No courgettes for us this weekend, but fish and chips, eaten straight from the bag on the seafront.

No robin redbreasts eyeing up the worms in our freshly-turned vegetable beds, but seagulls, eyeing up our lunch…

Sea gull

We’d never seen so many hollyhocks. It seems they thrive on the Suffolk coast.


But now we’re back. Back in the city, and with a whole new crop of courgettes to eat up!

Aldeburgh Beach

And to think we were lying here, just a few hours ago…