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.

Friday, 20 January 2017

St Illtud's Church, Llantwit Major

Productive site meeting in Llantwit Major this morning. Howard Driver measured the space where we'd like to install boxes inside the church tower. The plan is to try four boxes in a stack arrangement (with calling system ) to start with, with a view to adding more if it is successful.
Many thanks to the vicar and bell ringers from the church for allowing us access.

A view of the church from the entrance. We plan to install the boxes behind the louvres on the opposite side of the tower (east facing).

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Call system for Merthyr tower

Good news. Merthyr Council have purchased a call system for use with the Swift tower in Parc Taf Bargoed. Let's hope it is successful.