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Things You Should Consider When Building an Aviary

Unlike other types of birds that are small, easily subdued and can be housed in a regular aviary, falconry birds require an aviary that could meet their specialised needs.  

Since falconry aviaries are set up different, the following tips can help you build the most suitable for your falconry birds. 

Enclosed Area 

Instead of a full aviary, falconry birds are best when placed in an enclosed aviary that is built with non-transparent material. According to the International Association of Falconry or IAF, some very tame and calm birds can be kept in an aviary that is completely made of mesh wire. But for most raptors, the wire mesh must be shielded or covered by a shade cloth or protecting net to prevent damage to their beak and the primaries. 

The enclosed aviary should have a window where you can easily check on your birds. This window should also be covered by a mesh wire to ensure that they could not escape. 

Safety and Security 

Your falconry aviary should be built with the security and safety of your birds in mind. Even domestic cats and rats can endanger your birds so they should be kept away from them at all times. More attention should be given to small birds because they are the easiest and most vulnerable target or predators. 

When choosing a mesh material, make sure to check its quality and reliability. It should be capable of protecting birds against rodents and larger predators such as cats and foxes. 

A falconry aviary should be partially open to make way for sun and rain, but also partially closed to protect the birds from bad weather. 

Good Lighting 

The bird’s eyes are very sensitive to light and they have colour vision. Some owners have found that the use of coloured bulbs can help protect the vision of their falconry birds. 

Garden and Animal Structures 

Looking to build a bespoke aviary for your falconry birds? Get in touch with the expert team of builders at Garden and Animal Structures. We sell handmade-to-order wooden aviaries that are high-quality and meet the specific needs of clients. 

Contact us for enquiries.  

7 Bay Dog Kennel Block

Sara and Mark from Amfides K9 originally came to us back in 2019 for two of our smaller wooden dog cabins. Being owners of German Shepherds, they needed a robust and quality dog cabin that could withstand the needle sharp teeth of chewing puppies as well as the strong jaws of the grown up dogs! After being impressed with the cabins, they got back in touch early this year to order their new kennel block.

Amfides has a large pack so they asked for a seven bay dog kennel block with separate runs. Each run had a ¾ mix solid dividing panel which prevents dogs from seeing each other. The kennels were built in an absolutely gorgeous spot in Anglesey and we were blessed to have sunshine for the build!

Our install team were also treated to some snuggles while on site – from Kelpie pups, big grown-up German Shepherds and the gorgeous (yet slightly random) sausage dog!

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Kennel Build Day 1 Ross Sausage Dog
Kennel Build Day 2 Roof Fields
Kennel Build Day 2 Roof

Kennel for Dogs Outside

The safety and security of your dog are important especially when they are stationed outside your home. A dog kennel that is large enough for them to stand up and turn around is a great investment if you want to keep the safe when no one is around to supervise them.

With a properly built kennel, you can establish a routine for your dogs and prevent accidents that might happen when you are away. It can also help them to easily adapt to different environments. As an owner, having a kennel for dogs outside will give you peace of mind when leaving your dogs at home knowing that they are safe and at home when you return.

If you want are looking to build a high-quality dog kennel that is suitable for your dog’s needs, contact Garden and Animal Structures. We are one of the country’s leading manufacturers of high-quality kennels and other types of animals and garden structures.

Our team builds bespoke dog kennels using high-quality materials and a high standard of workmanship. Inform our team of our needs and we will provide you with the most suitable solution at cost-effective prices.

High-Quality Dog Kennel for Dogs Outside

With over 12 years of trade experience, Garden and Animal Structures is a company that you can rely on for your dog kennel and other animal structure needs. We are knowledgeable about different types and animals, their characteristics, and their needs and we are capable of building a structure that meets their requirements.

Our dog kennel and run products are guaranteed to provide safety and security to dogs. We have an extensive range of dog kennels available and we also accept bespoke requests from clients. Our installation team will install the kennel of your choice so you don’t have to do the installation on your own. Our team will leave your property with the kennel already erected and ready to use.

Besides dog kennels, our expertise also includes aviaries and bird housings of different sizes as well as garden structures. Just inform our team of your requirements and we will build the structure according to your requirements and preferences.

Get in touch with our team today and learn about our wide selection of dog kennels for dogs outside. You may call us on 01782 821103 or email for your enquiries and orders.

Custom built double aviary mews

It took a while from originally quoting for this job to eventually erecting on site – but we got there! We travelled to a country estate in Surrey to install this two bay falconry mews with central corridor. The building had bespoke sizes as well as front bar windows with drop down shutters. Inside the aviaries, the walls were lined with insulation and white PVC sheets to allow a stable temperature and wipe clevan walls. The flights had no flooring while the central security had a wipe clean floor and a double door entry system into the aviaries.


Insulation to the aviaries allow the inside temperature to stay more constant – it stays cooler in summer and warmer in winter. The polystyrene insulation board is then lined with white PVC sheets providing an easy clean surface that can be sprayed with disinfectant and wiped over.

Our customer laid paving slabs on the footprint of the aviary building, digging out the ground in the flight area and back filling with gravel. This is a preferred choice for aviaries as any mess can be hosed down and the gravel can be replaced if needed. The central security entrance had a wipe clean floor – again allowing easy maintenance and providing a handy storage area for freezers, jesses & tethers and any other falconry essentials.

To the front of the mews, we added large bar windows. Bars can be considered safer for birds of prey, as they can sometimes try and fly through mesh and damage feathers in the process. Our bars are spaced 5cm between bars which makes them ideal for larger raptors. The windows also had a solid wooden shutter than can be closed from the outside – perfect for retaining heat at night and/or creating darkness for during moult.

The build was finished with our Onduline roofing upgrade, which is corrugated bitumen sheets. This option is ideal for larger buildings which are located in exposed areas.

Browse our standard range of bird aviaries and falconry mews here

Custom designed kennel block and shed

At the end of June our install team travelled to High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire to install this bespoke 4 bay kennel block. The design was drawn up by our customer, and featured 4 sleeping areas, 4 separate runs and a middle storage shed.
    The kennels were to house our customer’s Clumber Spaniels
– who were known chewers.  So we recommended our Stokbord
lining to the exposed framework in the kennels and runs. The
Stokbord acts as a protective layer so that the dogs cannot chew
the timber underneath.  Additional upgrades also included ceilings to each sleeping area to create storage space above, wipe clean flooring, stable doors to kennel sleeps and sliding hatches.