FMS is a local community organisation which provides the environment, facilities and expertise for local, largely retired men to meet up for a chat, cuppa and undertake hobbies and community projects. By purchasing our products made in the Mens Shed you are not only helping members to learn new skills but also ensure that this important community initiative can continue into the future 

Robin  Nest Box  

Sparrow/Tit/Nuthatch Boxes.

Romany Style Box


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Our boxes are built to provide a ‘home from home’ for your garden birds for years to come.  They are made from eco-friendly treated wood, painted with wood preserver to protect them from the elements and to RSPB and British Trust for Ornithology designs.  We can supply the boxes with variable sized opening to suit different bird breeds i.e.

Robin - Letter Box Opening

House Sparrow/Nuthatch - 32mm hole size

Great Tit/Tree Sparrow - 28mm hole size

Blue Tit/Coal Tit/Marsh Tit - 25mm hole size

Price - £15 each (suggested donation)

The Romany style boxes are built from external quality 12mm ply and treated side mouldings with a waterproof ‘flashband’ roof covering.  The roof is detachable for cleaning etc.

Price - £12 - £15 each (suggested donation) depending on surface finish e.g. natural or painted.

Barn Owl Box

Made from environmentally treated 12mm plywood with internal strengthening battens to enable fastening to trees, walls, buildings etc. Joints are screwed and glued and has a weather proof felted roof  The boxes incorporate a lower hatch to enable cleaning and a balcony for chicks to exercise safely.  External colour as required.

Price - £125 each (suggested donation)


Boxes can either be collected from the Fairford & District Mens Shed on a Monday or Wednesday morning, or we can deliver in the Fairford area.

 Positioning Your Bird Box

Height from the ground should be around 3 meters - small hole boxes are best placed 1-3m above ground on tree trunks, but avoid sites where foliage obscures the entrance hole - a clear flight patch is important. If there are no trees in your garden the next best option is to place your box on the side of a she or wall.  Unless there are trees or buildings which shade the box during the day, face the box between North and East, thus avoiding strong sunlight and the wettest winds.

Boxes can be either collected from Fairford & District Mens Shed on a Monday or Wednesday morning at our Dovecote Workshop, or we can deliver in the Fairford area. Payment either by Cash, cheque or bank transfer (please contact for bank details). Prices are as of May 2023 but may change dependent on raw meterial costs. Fairford & District Mens Shed - admin@fairfordmensshed.co.uk