Nest boxes at st andrews botanics

Have you been watching the box? Let us know what you saw (even if nothing happened!) by filling in your observations here.

Update Tuesday 13th April: We’ve created a form so that you can share your observations with us. We hope to be able to build a timeline of the birds’ activity throughout the nesting period. Follow the link under the video to submit your observations.

Update Monday 12th April: Some finer materials are appearing in the nest. Could this be the beginning of a nest lining?

Thursday 8th April: The camera will be down for a while today due to electrical work being carried out at the Gatehouse. It should be up again by this evening. Nest building is well underway. Most activity happens in the morning but night time is also a good time to visit the page as one of the birds is spending nights roosting in the box.

Update Sunday 3rd April: A great tit spent some time roosting in the box last night and this morning there have been several visits bringing nesting material.

We’ve put a camera inside one of our nest boxes. At this time of year, birds are ‘prospecting’ – investigating a range of potential nesting sites before starting to build a nest. We’ve had some sightings of great tits and blue tits popping their heads into the box. They might not use it this year but we are excited to see what happens.

If you spot a bird in the box, let us know at

This nest box and camera are part of the Green Corridors project, funded by NatureScot.

Nest box research

If you visit the garden you’re likely to see bird boxes that look like this one. They can also be seen at other locations around St Andrews. These are part of a St Andrews University research project. You can find out more by visiting the group’s webpage

Look out for blue tits with coloured rings on their legs. These birds have been ringed as part of the research and it’s useful for the team to know where these birds are and what they are up to. If you see a colour-ringed blue tit, you can let the research group know using this form.