Written by Dick Newell
Wessex Place nearing completion with 14 nest-boxes under
the eaves on the left, and another 20, in 2 lots of 10 under
the eaves on the right.
Magrath Avenue resident, Helen Hodgson, knew that there were breeding Swifts and had already informed Guy Belcher, Cambridge City Council Nature Conservation Officer.
10 of the 20 nest-boxes built into the eaves. Note the small
speaker on the left with wire back into the roof space ready
for attraction call playing
The original intention was to preserve the 2 existing nesting places and to provide an additional 7 nest-boxes.
4 of the built in boxes. The swifts will nest on top of the
wall which is about 25mm below the entrances
4 out of 7 pairs of nest-boxes.
There is another speaker installed at the far end
1 pair of nest-boxes. The gap above the box, which avoids
blocking ventilation into the roof space, has an insect and
bird-proof barrier. Doubtless some swifts will attempt to get
Although the two pairs of swifts have lost a breeding season, there is every chance that they will return next year to find luxury new accommodation, and, over time, be joined by many other pairs.
The residents of Magrath Avenue can look forward to a vibrant swift colony on their doorstep.