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?
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Green Feathers Mobile & iPad View HD Bird Box Camera Kit Review
This Green Feathers Bird Box Camera Kit wins top spot for the best bird box camera for the money. It can be installed in any standard sized nest box. This is handy if you already have a box that birds are comfortable using for nesting.
The wireless bird box camera is unobtrusive and easy to fit. The wide-angle lens allows you to see more of the nest box. The camera produces stunning picture quality compared with many bird box cameras and also has invisible infrared LEDs which provide excellent night vision. The bird box camera also has a microphone to record audio.
This bird box camera does not come with a power supply as it is designed to plug directly into a Power over Ethernet switch. If you do not have one of these, then Green Feathers also sells camera kits with separate power supplies (see review below).
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 you want to buy a specific bird box tailored to a certain species.
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Greenfeathers Wireless Bird Box Camera with Night Vision Review
This Greenfeathers 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 and uses invisible infrared LEDs so there is no red glow to disturb the birds when using the night vision feature.
The wireless bird box camera has a wide-angle lens that offers a 110-degree field of view and the focus is adjustable, so you can get it just right for your set up
The images are transferred from the camera to your TV using the included wireless receiver and you can watch footage live or record clear video.
This camera features a built-in wireless transmitter, allowing it to send video to the receiver from up to 50m away, although 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 should be connected to a power supply using the 20m DC power extension cable provided.
This is a good quality nest box camera and provides lovely crisp images. The night vision also works very well. This great value wireless bird box camera kit is perfect if you have an existing nest box you want to study.
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Gardenature Bird Box Camera System Review
This Gardenature Bird Box Camera System includes 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.
The colour nest box camera provides lovely day time images and the kit includes infrared for night viewing and this produces clear black and white images. This camera has a 3.6mm lens which produces a 92-degree viewing angle and can easily be adjusted to suit different applications. The camera also includes a built-in microphone.
The nest box camera kit comes with a 20-metre cable to plug the camera straight into your TV. It also includes a 12V mains adaptor
This nest box is 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 to hold the camera in the optimal position and to allow you to move the camera to other boxes should you need to.
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.
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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 hole which deters squirrels and large birds. The box also features a quick release camera clip making it easy to install the camera and remove it when necessary.
The wide-angle lens gives a great viewing width. 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 images. A microphone provides audio, so you can listen in on the bird’s chatter.
The nest box camera kit comes with a 30-metre cable, low voltage power supply and scart adaptor.
This complete bird box camera kit provides the perfect introduction to bird box cameras and comes with everything you need to get started.
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SpyCameraCCTV Wired Bird Box Camera with Night Vision Review
This SpyCameraCCTV Wired Bird Box Camera is suitable for all standard nest boxes. The high-resolution camera produces sharp daytime images and the infrared LEDs allow you to view the bird’s activity in the dark. It also has good quality audio.
The camera is easy to install and focus making it suitable for any size of nesting box. It includes a mains power supply and a 20-metre cable that connects it directly to the TV.
This is a good quality bird box camera that provides the perfect affordable introduction to the world of nest box camera products. It’s the best bird box camera to suit a budget price range.
Bird Box Camera Buying Guide
There are several choices available in bird box camera technology.
Perhaps the first decision to make is whether to buy a complete kit, including a bird box, or just the camera.
If you already have birds nesting in your garden it may be worth fitting a camera to your existing box as you know the birds are already comfortable using it. In this case, you will need to make a hole in the box for the cable to pass through and attach the camera to the ceiling or inside wall of the box using small screws.
If this sounds too much hassle, you could replace the nest box with a new box that is camera ready. If the box is put in the same position, the birds will probably be happy to use it.
However, there are advantages to a tailored bird box camera. With a specially designed bird box, you often have a separate compartment to fit the camera into, meaning you can adjust the camera without disturbing the birds. In addition, some kits include a window in the nesting box which provides light, improving the quality of the daytime footage acquired.
Complete bird box camera kits are usually easier to set up and use and provide everything required for the beginning enthusiast.
The other choice to make is between a wired or wireless system.
Wired systems have a cable that runs from the camera into your house. This cable carries the power to the camera and the signal from the camera to your TV. A wired camera provides the best image quality; however, it does mean having cables in your garden and they will also have to be run into your house through a hole or open window.
Wireless systems mean you do not need to have a cable between the bird box and television as the images are transmitted to a receiver located in your house.
Some wireless systems will still require a power supply, while others are battery powered.
The image quality on these systems is usually good and the images can usually be transmitted to about 50 metres. However, this signal can be reduced by buildings, large trees and other Wi Fi devices.
How do bird box cameras work?
Bird box cameras are very small cameras, often no bigger than a matchbox. They come with a bracket that can be screwed to the top of the bird box with the camera then attached. More advanced bird box cameras will come with WiFi connectivity and connect directly to your smartphone or tablet. So you can watch a live stream of your garden visitors!
How to encourage birds to nest in your garden?
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!
I have a very small bird box. Can I install a camera in this and how do I do it?
Bird box cameras are very tiny, often about the size of a matchbox, so they easily fit in the smallest of nest boxes. 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.
How do I set the focus of my camera ready for the birds to start nesting?
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.