Our birdboxes are getting a bit poky. We are having trouble finding tenants. Desirable residences seem to be elsewhere.
We are thinking of upgrading. To a rather nice Chablis which we and the birds will both love. We’ll also find a home for the whiskey.
French winemaker Domaine Laroche’s has created a nesting box for birds, using the cork as a perch. Redbreast Irish Whiskey’s packaging also doubles up as a bird feeder.
This is the best time to put up birdboxes. And there are some quirky as well as luxury ones about.
Simon and Helen Lindley’s Lincolnshire-based “Lindlewood” makes bijou, bespoke and “ extremely eye-catching” birdboxes”.
Birds can now live in luxury sports cars, camper vans, double decker buses, cuckoo clocks, bulls, Schnauzer dogs, Steampunk top hats and policemen’s helmets. Or maybe even a hospital or double-decker. Or speed camera.
Says Simon “ It all started after we made a ‘normal’ bird box for ourselves and some ordinary but brightly painted bird boxes as family gifts. The wedding chapel, split screen campervan, and Tudor house bird boxes were the first designs.
Companies like CJ Wildlife offer a range of speciality birdboxes to house everything from owls to tree creepers and starlings who even get their own balcony. Also on the market are birch log apartments and avian terrace housing options. The National Trust has its own nest box line as well as hanging baskets for wool, moss and fur collection.
Adds Simon of Lincolnshire’s famous birdhouse developers : “We’ve done copies of pubs like he Chesham Arms in east London. We made two boxes for – one as a memento for a couple who had their wedding reception there and the other for the last landlord when he left in 2019. “
Prices range from £65 for a luxury car or your own folk, Schnauzer dog or fire engine to £145 for a Georgian house.
“We once made a school,” says Helen. “The children of the former headmaster of St Christopher’s School, Letchworth commissioned us to make a birdbox for him on his retirement. It was a replica of one of the school’s boarding houses.
“The balcony took nearly as long to make as the rest of the box” says Helen. It took about 7 hours to make. If you include – all the drying and settling stages it took about 3 weeks. It went down well with Mr Palmer. We haven’t heard what the birds think of their new boarding school.”