Thursday, 20 July 2017

Some appalling news

I met Paul Virgin, the Ranger from Parc Taf  Bargoed this morning. He informed me that the Swift tower, erected last year in the park, had been vandalised. This was not some mindless act of vandalism however. Someone had undone all the bolts at the base of the tower with a socket set, brought the tower down and destroyed the nesting chambers. Luckily there weren't any Swifts in residence.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Updates

  • Julia and Linda have been out surveying in Barry with local resident, Jane.
  • Gareth has been keeping an eye on the church tower boxes in Llantwit Major. As far as he can tell, there's been no interest yet, although he did see 20 birds over the town.
  • I paid a visit to Trinity Church in Penarth. Hopefully, we'll be able to install some boxes inside their tower this winter.
  • Ian has had a box erected in his street and the builders are very keen to put up more. He distributed some Swift badges.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Time to get out surveying

It's time to get out surveying your Swifts. I went to one of my local sites on Pontypridd on Thursday. There were 20 or so Swifts screaming overhead. I located one house where at least four (possibly 5) birds were entering holes under the eaves.
I notice that SEWBREC and the other Welsh Record Centres are holding an event on June 10th, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their formation.  They have highlighted several species that they wish to record and the Swift is one of them.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Sorry tale

Had a phone call from Dave & Margaret Knight from Penarth last week. His neighbour's cat had brought in a Swift. It was still alive, so Dave did exactly the right thing, by putting it in a box and giving it water from a tissue. Sadly the Swift died the next day. It seems, it had been trying to enter a nest site that had been blocked up during renovations to the roof and exhausted itself. It shows that we must be mindful of this when undertaking roof repairs.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Kings Road, Canton

Julia and I leafletted Kings Road in Canton yesterday. There are a few pairs of Swifts in the area and we thought we'd make the locals aware of them. Awaiting responses.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Nature's Home magazine

Cardiff and the GBC are included in an article on Swifts in the current edition of Nature's Home magazine. I undertook a phone interview with Louise Tickle some time ago and quite frankly had forgotten all about it and was quite shocked to see my name in print this afternoon.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Swift update

A Swift has already been seen (at Sker Point on 15th Apr - incredibly early).

  • Julia has been back to Llantwit Major and fitted the call system to the boxes in the church tower. Let's hope that it is a success. 
  • A proposal has been put to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding for a Swift Tower in Cardiff Bay. Watch this space.