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.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Boxes in St Illtuds, Llantwit Major

Good news. The Swift boxes have been erected inside the church tower. Thanks to Howard Driver, who built the boxes and to Gareth Roberts who did all the negotiating. The next job is to install the Swift call equipment.


Friday, 24 February 2017

Cardiff Harbour Authority

A meeting was held on 23rd February with the CHA, RSPB and ourselves to discuss the possibility siting of a Swift tower in Cardiff Bay. This area attracts lots of Swifts on passage and would, we believe be a great place to site a tower.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

SEWBReC forum

Alan Rosney gave a brief presentation on our Swift project to the Gwent-Glamorgan Recorders' forum on Saturday 20th January (held at the Park Inn, Cardiff). It seemed to go down well.