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Bird, Bee & Bug Houses

SKU# GM0011


Derek Jones

A GMC Book

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  • Product # GM0011
  • Type Paperback
    A GMC Book
  • ISBN 978-1-86108-644-0
  • Published Date 2010
  • Dimensions 7 5/16 x 9 3/4
  • Pages 160
  • Photos 150

Transform your garden into a wildlife haven bursting with life by learning how to provide supplementary nesting sites to a host of creatures. Bird, Bee & Bug Houses explains all you need to know about how to create the perfect nesting place for a wide variety of species including birds, bats, butterflies, lacewings, ladybugs, and rare solitary bees. Essential pollinators, predators and seed-spreaders, many of these species are threatened from intensive farming and the spraying of harmful chemicals. But, we can help them by building these safe havens in our gardens.

These unique and quirky houses can be created with only a few basic woodworking skills. A range of materials (some recycled or scavenged) and finishes are used in order to make sure they are as attractive as they are practical. All the basic techniques, tools, and materials needed to create your bird, bee, or bug house are explained and each project has a detailed exploded diagram with cutlist. Each section of the book has detailed information on choosing locations, maintenance, species’ habits, and nesting requirements.

About the Author Derek Jones began his career in the woodworking industry as an apprentice to a cabinetmaker, learning on the job the meticulous skills needed for fine-furniture making. He went on to earn a Higher National Diploma (HND) in 3D Design and began taking on his own custom-made furniture and joinery commissions. After time spent developing his design and project management skills, he is now the editor of Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine.

Table of Contents


Getting Started
Cutting Angles, Curves And Grooves
Jointing And Assembly
Drilling Holes
Where To Hang The Houses
How To Hang The Houses
Birdhouse Entrance Hole Sizes

Open-Fronted Birdhouse
Hole-Fronted Birdhouse
White-Washed Birdhouse
Multiple-Chamber Birdhouse
Chalet-Style Birdhouse
Domed Birdhouse

Bat Houses
Simple Slatted Bat House
Single-Slot Bat House
Two-Tiered Bat House

Bee Houses
Wood-Block Bee House
Teardrop Bee House
Bumblebee House

Bug Houses
Simple Bamboo Bug House
Log Bug House
Four-Slot Bug House
Multi-Use Bug House
High-Rise Bug House
Shelved Bug House





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