Contributed by Peta Sams
The Ludlow Swift Conservation Group was launched in January 2011 at the AGM of Ludlow 21 with the support of Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Shropshire Ornithological Society. Swifts are an important part of the Ludlow skyline in summer and many residents and visitors look out for them and enjoy their company each year.
|Midway Motors bell tower, Ludlow|
- Get an idea how many birds there are in and around Ludlow
- Find where they nest and how successful they are at raising young
- Plan what can be done to preserve and create new nest sites
From these early beginnings the group has moved on and, after a successful 2011 surveying the nesting swifts in Ludlow, is now preparing for the arrival of the swifts back from migration in late April and early May by putting up nest boxes. Swifts like to nest in the eaves of buildings and particularly favour older structures. This makes them vulnerable to re-development as well as new builds, which are often unsuitable. This is not a problem unique to Ludlow and across the UK and Europe people are working to remedy the situation by erecting nest boxes. On Tuesday March 13th, members of the group met at Midway Motors in Ludlow to erect 4 boxes on the old bell tower of the building with the kind permission of the owners, Dave Price and Michael Jacks. St. Stephen's Hall which houses Midway Motors is an old chapel, later modified as a community hall and finally a commercial Motor Factors outlet.
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