Update 2014: All 6 boxes are occupied this year. An extra camera has been added, and pictures have been broadcast online.
Contributed by Dick Newell, Photos Helen Hodgson
|The school entrance|
|The school quadrangle with 4 nest-boxes installed|
The location chosen was a south-facing gable, and so the boxes were designed to minimise the amount of sun falling on them. It is important that the nest boxes do not get overheated.
|Gluing feathers to a nest concave|
|Temperature data logging|
|Feathers added by Swifts to feathers glued by children|
It is now the intention to place a webcam in this nest box for 2011. Further projects will be undertaken by the children including feathering more nest concaves for the Cambridge City Swift Tower and making Swift mobiles.
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|Article in Cambridge News 20/7/2011|
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In 2011, the pair of Swifts that occupied one of the boxes in 2010 returned to breed. Fortunately, we had installed a CCTV camera, so the children could see the nesting Swifts on a TV screen in their library. After more CD playing, Swifts were seen entering all 4 boxes. We ran another workshop where all of the children made Swift mobiles, and we also added 2 more nest-boxes bringing the total to 6. The project featured in the local newspaper, the Cambridge News, in July.