|2 white faces peer out. One could be a chick.|
Further, we found four occupied boxes out of the 12 in the church, up from 2 last year.
UPDATE 24th May: Marcus de Figueiredo reports seeing 2, possibly 3 pairs of Swifts using the new nest sites. The netting has been removed and although the scaffold poles are still in the way, the Swifts ignore them.
Written by Dick
We can report good progress in the story of the old Brook Street factory site Swift colony. After a shaky start we have excellent cooperation with Callisto Homes who have made great efforts to achieve a satisfactory solution to the loss of 6 Swift nest sites.
|Bill Murrells assessing the space utilised by Swifts|
before the roof was removed. Photo Alison Pearson
|A dessicated Swift which probably died from heat exhaustion|
Photo Alison Pearson
It was refreshing that the project manager, Marcus de Figueiredo and the bricklayers on site, quickly got on board with what needed to be done to try to rescue, and improve, this well known Swift colony.
As previously reported, Bill came up with the great idea of using air brick liners, customised using an angle grinder to turn them into attractive, effective Swift bricks
|Swift bricks in position. Photo Marcus de Figueiredo|
|Photo Marcus de Figueiredo|
There are now 12 quality nesting sites, where before, there were 6 less than ideal nest sites. What started off as a potential disaster for the Swifts of St Neots, over the period of a week, is ending as a triumph for cooperation, for the Swifts, and for the people of St Neots who can continue to enjoy this well known colony.
On 11th May, we (Dick and Bill, with David Gill) were escorted by bricklayer, Lee, to see the finished boxes with the barge board in place.
|Left side entrances partially or wholly behind the barge board|
|Right side entrances clear of barge board|
|Left side entrance|
|Right side entrance|
|Bill Murrells with bricklayer Lee|
With the barge board in place, the boxes are well sheltered from the sun, so there should be no problems with temperature on this south-facing aspect.