FSC natural timber construction
Deep nesting chamber with internal ladder
Pitched roof for weather protection
Dimensions (approx) (H x W x D): 500h x 240w x 340d
The RSB Red Squirrel Nester is a high quality nesting box for red squirrels and may also be used for grey squirrels.
In the UK, red squirrels have declined massively in recent decades as a result of the loss of suitable coniferous woodland habitats and also the introduction of the American grey squirrel which out-competes the red squirrel for food.
The nest box has a host of features that ensure that the occupants are safe from predators such as pine martens.
The pitched roof on the product allows rain water to drain off, helping to keep the inside of the box dry.
The box should be sited in woodland at a height of approx.3 to 4 metres high using screws to secure through the back plate. Face the box away from direct sun, but not exposed to rain.
Hay, straw or dry leaf litter can be put in the box to about halfway. A
Monitoring & Inspection
Breeding red squirrels in the UK have special protection against disturbance under the Wildlife & Countryside Act, so a license is required to inspect boxes. Therefore the general public should not disturb boxes if they are being used by red squirrels (this does not apply to the grey squirrel)
The nest box is made from natural timber and does not require any treatments. Mammals have a keen sense of smell and may not use the box if it is treated with chemical preservatives.
What Species Might Use My Habitat?
The box may also be used by grey squirrels and some bird species
Please see note above re disturbing the protected red squirrel in the UK.
These products are for wild creatures and as such, you should not expect immediate habitation. We suggest you carefully read the supplied instructions for siting and provide this product in a suitable habitat for the target species. The product can then be re-visited 6 - 12 months later, or in the appropriate season, to see if it is being used.
If after 24 months the product has not been used, it may be worth choosing an alternative location to site it and/or look to see what improvements you can make to provide a suitable environment for your target species (flowers, woodpiles, rough areas of garden etc)
Because many species of creature are constantly seeking refuge and safe nesting sites, you may find that an unexpected species is using your product - this is part of nature and all species should be welcomed as part of your wildlife garden.ï»¿