In this guide we’ll take a look at the best bird box cameras for UK gardens.
I’ve compared image quality, technology, reliability and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Bird Box Camera?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
A bird box camera kit that can do it all; audio, HD video, and night vision!
This Green Feathers Bird Box Camera Kit is the perfect way to watch wildlife in the garden. The camera kit can be set up in any standard bird box, producing HD video that can be streamed straight to your phone, tablet, or computer. The wide-angle lens and audio-record function ensures you won’t miss anything. It’s easy to fit, plugs into Power over Ethernet, and has excellent night vision.
Everything I Recommend
More Detailed Bird Box Camera Reviews
Green Feathers Mobile & iPad View HD Bird Box Camera Kit Review
This Green Feathers Bird Box Camera Kit wins top spot for being the best bird box camera.
It’s a camera kit, so doesn’t come with a specific bird box but can easily be installed in any standard sized nest box. Perhaps you already have a box that you know birds are comfortable using? This is a great way to discover what’s going on inside.
The wireless camera is unobtrusive and easy to fit. Its wide-angle lens allows you to see a lot of what’s going on, plus the picture quality is very good compared with many other bird box cameras.
The unit houses invisible infrared LEDs which won’t disturb the birds but will provide excellent night vision. Plus, it has a microphone to record audio.
This bird box camera does not come with a power supply; it’s designed to plug directly into a Power over Ethernet switch. If you do not have one of these, then Green Feathers also sell camera kits with separate power supplies (see review below).
What’s more – you can get the video from the birdbox directly on your phone, so you can watch it from anywhere!
For the serious bird watching enthusiast, this is the best wireless bird box camera available. It provides professional quality footage and is easy to use. It’s perfect if you already have a box with birds nesting in it, or if you want to buy a species-specific box and put a camera in it.
Green Feathers Wireless Bird Box Camera with Night Vision Review
This Green Feathers Wireless Bird Box Camera with Night Vision will fit in any standard nesting box.
It captures images at 700TVL resolution giving you high quality crisp, detailed images which can be received on your television. The invisible infrared LEDs allow for clear night vision without disturbing the birds.
The camera has a wide-angle lens that offers a 110° field of view. The focus is adjustable, a really nice touch, meaning you can arrange it just right for your set up
As mentioned, the images are transferred from the camera to your TV. This is done using the included wireless receiver and you can watch footage live or record clear video.
It features a built-in wireless transmitter, allowing it to send video to the receiver from up to 50 m away; however, obstructions will reduce this distance.
The wireless system means you don’t have to run a cable from your television into the garden. The camera will need to be connected to a power supply using the 20 m DC power cable provided.
Overall, this is a good-quality nest box camera that provides lovely crisp images. The night vision also works very well.
This bird box camera kit is perfect if you have an existing nest box you want to study.
Gardenature Bird Box Camera System Review
This Gardenature Bird Box Camera System comes with an attractive, high-quality cedar birdbox.
The box is designed to be suitable for most garden birds including Sparrows, Tits, Robins and Wrens. There is a removable front panel that means the box can be adapted to larger or smaller species.
In the daytime, the camera transmits lovely colour images. At night, the infrared light allows it to function even in the dark, producing clear black and white images.
It has a 3.6 mm lens which produces a 92° viewing angle. The camera also includes a built-in microphone for recording audio.
The camera kit comes with a 20 m cable which is required to plug the camera straight into your TV. It also includes a 12 V mains adaptor.
Moving on to the nest box itself; it has been designed to house the camera in the apex of the roof, meaning you can adjust or remove the camera without disturbing nesting birds.
It has a quick-release mounting bracket which works well both to hold the camera in place and also allow you take it out easily.
This complete nest box camera system offers everything you need in one simple kit. I especially like the fact that the camera can easily be adjusted without disturbing the nesting birds.
As mentioned, the camera needs to plug directly into your TV using the 20 m cable. Something to bear in mind logistically.
Cedar Bird Nest Box & Colour Camera with Audio Review
This Cedar Bird Nest Box & Colour Camera comes with a high-quality cedar bird box that is assembled and ready to go.
The box has a copper-surround to the entrance which deters squirrels and large birds, leaving your box free for the type of wildlife you’re hoping to attract.
It also features a quick-release camera clip making it easy to install the camera and remove it when necessary.
There are clear windows on the side of the nest box which allow light in during the day to provide great quality colour images. At night the camera switches to night vision and produces crisp black and white video. No matter the time of day, the wide-angle lens gives a great broad picture.
A microphone provides audio, so you can listen in on the bird’s chatter – something all the family will no doubt find fascinating.
The nest box camera kit comes with a 30 m cable, low-voltage power supply and SCART adaptor.
Like the previous model on this list, it plugs directly into the TV and doesn’t use any wireless technology.
This complete bird box camera kit provides the perfect introduction to bird box cameras and comes with everything you need to get started.
SpyCameraCCTV Wired Bird Box Camera with Night Vision Review
This SpyCameraCCTV Wired Bird Box Camera is suitable to be fitted in all standard nest boxes.
The high-resolution camera produces sharp daytime images and the infrared LEDs allow you to view the birds’ activity in the dark. It also provides good quality audio.
The camera is easy to install and focus, so it’s suitable for any size of nesting box. It includes a mains power supply and a 20 m cable that connects it directly to the TV.
This is an excellent quality camera that provides the perfect affordable introduction to the world of nest box camera products. It’s the best of my recommendations to buy on a budget.
Things to Know Before Buying a Bird Box Camera
A bird box camera offers the perfect way to become a wildlife camera-person in your very own garden! They’re also sure to captivate the interest of old and young family members alike as you monitor the activity of your garden visitors.
These cameras attach to the lid or roof of your bird box, offering fantastic insight into the life of your nesting birds!
There’s a huge range of bird box cameras on the market, of varying quality and design. If you’re looking for the best bird box camera for your garden, you might not know quite how to start your search. The following tips will help you to make an informed decision:
The first decision you’ll have to make is whether to opt for a bird box + camera combo, or just a camera kit.
Bird Box + Camera
These are easy to set up and ideal if you don’t already have birds nesting in your garden.
The biggest advantage of buying both the bird box and camera as a combo is that the box will be specifically designed to work with the camera. These boxes usually have certain features that work to improve the set up and video quality of the camera. You’ll be able to look out for boxes with the following features:
- A separate compartment to fit the camera into – you’ll be able to take the camera out without disturbing the birds.
- A quick-release camera – the camera will be easy to remove from its secured position, again limiting disruption to the nesting birds.
- A window – this will provide light and improve the quality of the daytime footage.
The main disadvantage of these boxes-with-cameras combos is that you don’t have quite as much choice when choosing a box as you would otherwise. Your choice has to be based on what boxes are available with the cameras.
A camera kit, formed of just the camera and its necessary fittings, without a box, may be a better choice if you already have birds nesting in your garden.
You can install these cameras in bird boxes that you already own which is great if you know that birds are already comfortable in them. Of course, it’s also a good option if you’ve recently bought a bird box and don’t want to buy another one, or if you’re looking to buy a specific type of bird box and the design isn’t available as a combo with a camera.
These can be a little more fiddly to set up, which is to be expected – the bird box wasn’t necessarily designed for use with a camera. You might need to be a little bit more adept at DIY with these camera kits than with an easier box + camera combo. But they’re still relatively straight forward so don’t be too put off.
Bird box cameras come as either wireless or connected ‘wired’ systems. Non-wireless units have a cable that runs from the camera into your house. This cable carries power to the camera and signal to your TV.
Wired, connected, systems tend to offer better image quality because there is a direct connection to the camera. However, it does mean that you will need to find a way to run the cables from the garden into your house. This may require drilling a hole for the cable, or running them through an open window when you want to watch the camera. Whilst this might be practical enough for some, it might be straight-up impossible for others.
On the other hand, wireless systems don’t require a cable which makes them easier to set up.
That said, some wireless systems still require a power supply, so if you buy this design you will still need to find a way to connect it to a power source via a cable. Other wireless designs are battery powered making them truly wireless in every sense of the word!
The image quality on wireless systems is still very respectable. Some models transmit video via a wireless signal convertor. This can transmit images up to 50 m. However, the transmission distance can be reduced by buildings, tall trees and other devices interfering with the signal.
Other wireless models transfer video via your wireless internet. These devices need to connect into Power over Ethernet units. Their signal is likely to be more reliable than those using signal convertors (depending on your internet!), and they have the added benefit of being able to stream the videos to your phone, tablet, or computer.
If you have a larger garden, or an ‘inconveniently’ placed bird box, you’ll probably find that the best bird box camera for you is a wireless model. There’s a limit to how much wire trailing can be done, no matter how determined you are!
Look for a high resolution camera to make sure you’re getting the sort of picture quality that you’re hoping for. Some bird box cameras are HD, which is definitely a buzzword to look out for.
Ideally, you want the viewing width to be as large an angle as it can be. Something around 100° will make sure you really get a good view inside the nest. The bigger the angle, the more of the inside of the bird box you’ll be able to see.
A built-in microphone is also a great thing to look out for. It will allow you to hear, as well as see, what’s going on, which can be really fascinating.
Many bird box cameras come with infrared LEDs that allow you to monitor what’s going on, even at night.
Cameras with discreet infrared lights are best, as they won’t disturb the birds while they nest. Birds aren’t able to see infrared light, so you don’t need to worry about these cameras causing them any problems.
Bird Box Camera FAQs
Bird box cameras are often no bigger than a matchbox. They come with a bracket that can be screwed inside the top of the bird box, then the camera attaches to it. More advanced bird box cameras will come with WiFi connectivity and connect directly to your smartphone or tablet. With these you can watch a live stream of your garden visitors!
Use bird feeders
Attract birds to your garden by placing bird feeders near to the bird box. Feed will encourage the birds to explore your garden, and you can choose the feed based on what bird you are looking to attract!
When the birds have discovered your bird box, move the feeders away so that you don’t disturb the nesting process.
Put out a variety of food
Just like humans, different birds have different tastes! Blue tits enjoy peanuts and sunflower seeds, while robins and thrushes like mealworms. Put out a variety of feed and you’re more likely to attract a range of birds.
Use the right type of bird box
Remember that different birds prefer different types of bird boxes. Tits like bird boxes with small entrance ways, while robins like more space. So if you want to attract a variety of birds, invest in a few different types of bird box!
Remember to clean out and repair your bird boxes in the winter, ready for the birds to arrive back in the spring.
Put your bird box in the right place
Finally, ensure your bird box is in the right location in your garden. Most birds prefer to nest relatively close to the ground in bushes, so don’t place the bird box too high up. You’ve got to make sure however, that the bird box is still be out of reach of predators.
Getting birds to nest in your garden is a matter of covering all of their needs – that includes food and water, shelter, safety and some cosy nesting spots. If you can do this, your birds will be much more likely to set up home in your garden!
Bird box cameras are very tiny, often about the size of a matchbox, so it’s very probable it will fit in yours. If you’re worried, check the product specification for more details on its size, and contact the manufacturer to ask if necessary. The cameras come with a bracket which you screw to the ceiling or high on the inside wall where it is out of harm’s way. You then simply attach the camera to the bracket and you are ready to go.
When setting up your bird box camera, place an item, such as a stone, that is slightly larger than the bird you are expecting and adjust the camera so that this is in focus.
Alternatively, choose a bird box that provides access to the camera through the roof so that you can adjust the camera focus without disturbing the birds.