Swift action could help save endangered birds

June 05 2016

PEOPLE in Fishponds are being urged to take action this month to help save endangered birds.

 

PEOPLE in Fishponds are being urged to take action this month to help save endangered birds.
Swifts fly to Britain from Africa every year and nest here in early June, staying for just three months before flying back, but their numbers in Bristol have been declining over  the last 25 years.
Mark Glanville, of Bristol Swifts, says:  “Unless we do something to help them we could lose them forever. One of the main reasons is the loss of suitable nesting sites. The Bristol Swift Survey 2015 identified over 30 swift nest sites in Bristol, but we imagine that there are more that we don’t know about. The principal aim for the Bristol Swift Survey in 2016 is to ask local residents to try to identify as many swift nest sites as possible in Bristol, so we can take measures to protect them in the future.”
Yvonne Sadler, of Greater Fishponds Neighbourhood Partnership, said: “We would really like people in Fishponds to look in the sky and see if they can spot these little migrant birds or hear them screeching, and let us know.
“Once we know where they are nesting, we make sure we put nesting boxes in those places in future years.
“This gives people in Fishponds the opportunity to contribute to international conservation.”

FACTFILE
Swifts often nest under roof tiles of behind  fascia/soffit boards.
Parties of screaming birds indicate swifts entering .
Windy days in early June are  best times to see swifts returning with nesting material.
Dusk is when swifts return to roost.
During late June and July breeding adults will return every hour with food for their young.
For more information, visit www.bristolswifts.co.uk