Some weeks ago Jackie and I went to the allotment for a few hours. Jackie weeded and I cut the hedge low. A huge heap of cuttings can be seen behind Jackie, as well as some of the cleaned beds she created.
But I felt very bad because a pair of robins kept very close to me, peering out at me from within the hedge all the time I worked. Later a pair of bluetits came in to silently support the robins, but sculking lower down. So when I read that Lidl was about to offer cheap birdboxes I walked over there and bought two. I have added butyl rubber as a better roof, and just after the picture below was taken, I painted the outside of both with a water-based Ronseal. But only after checking with my Nestboxes book by Chris du Feu that such a paint would be OK.