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A container, usually made of wood or sometimes plastic, placed high on trees to host a bird nest inside.

Usually among the first things that people who are starting to practice the humble art of woodworking plan of doing, because the construction doesn't require much skill, and occupants usually don't complain. Much.

Also, in Finland, the oldest-generation Apple Macintoshes were called bird nesting boxes, because of the great resemblance. (See MacQuarium.)

A "nesting box for seagulls" is what you get if, like I did once, you are careless with your hard hat when visiting a dockyard, lose it over the side and watch it bob out to sea on the tide.

A related phrase is "gormless pillock", which is what the foreman will call you if you provide seagulls with nesting boxes.

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