Living with Birds The Schwegler Kingfisher & Sand Martin Nest Tunnel Nest Box

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king fisher tunnel tunnel

The Schwegler Kingfisher/Sand Martin Nest Tunnel

Both the Kingfisher and Sand martin have lost many of their natural sites where streams and rivers have been restructured or otherwise "improved". Our nest tunnel provides a vital nesting opportunity in such places, and also on natural waterways where no suitable sites are available, or where apparently suitable banks are too stony or have too many roots.

This product has been successfully used for decades in many projects rebuilding waterways all over Europe.

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In nature it is well-known that Kingfishers and Sand Martins often re-use older nest tunnels. This type of nest tunnel has been used successfully for decades.

Nest tunnels are advisable where Kingfishers and Sand Martins cannot dig the tunnels themselves. This is the case under the following circumstances:
» In case of very stony, steep walls.
» In extremely rooted escarpments.
» In quay walls.
» In man-made tipped or similarly erected steep walls.

Material: Air-permeable and long-lasting lightweight concrete, designed for underground installation.

The floor of both the Nest Box and Tunnel have a fine mesh grid to keep out Rodents. The nesting chamber is protected with a removable lid for cleaning.

Kingfisher nesting habits:
This "flying" jewel tends to use two different tunnels or tubes for its first and second brood. It is therefore advisable to put two Nest Tunnels in the same steep slope, keeping them at least 70 cm apart.

Sand Martin nesting habits:
Colonies of never less than 12 breeding pairs of Sand Martins congregate on natural moving water or on naturally formed cliffs, as well as in gravel and clay pits. The Nest Tunnel is supplied with detailed installation and maintenance instructions.

External dimensions of tunnel:
12.5W x 15H x 58L cm.

Outer nesting chamber:
26W x 17H x 26L cm.

Inner nesting chamber: 22W x 14H x 22L cm.

approx. 10 kg.

  • Tunnel Dimensions: 150H x 580W x 125D mm.
  • Nesting Chamber Dimensions: 260H x 260W x 170D mm.

  • Backed by 25 year guarantee (in addition to your statutory rights)


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  1. Economy:  within 7 days - £3.90
  2. Standard:  within 4 days - £4.95
  3. Priority:  within 2 days - £5.50
  4. Next Day:  always sent the day you order - £5.95
  5. Nominated Day  any day that’s best for you - £5.95

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