This has been a year of mixed fortunes. As far as we can tell, occupancy of all nest boxing schemes that we know of has either remained stable, or increased since last year.
|St Neots in Bloom nomination|
We were delighted that our projects in St Mary the Virgin and the old Brook Street factory site in St Neots were nominated for an award by the 'St Neots in Bloom' Committee.
|Built in nest boxes at Fulbourn. |
Photo Rob Mungovan
We were pleased to be able to contribute an idea to reduce the entrance size of Schwegler 1MF boxes to exclude Starlings.
Nest-boxes installed on people's houses in previous years included Bob’s house in Milton, where 2 pairs bred, but one failed and the other raised 2 chicks. Clarke Brunt , also in Milton, increased his established pairs from 1 pair in a nest-box with a second pair in a hole that he had made in the eaves of his house.
|3 Boxes on a house in Chesterton|
Rowena attracted Swifts into her boxes in Dry Drayton, but it is not certain that they became established.
|All Saints, Worlington|
Photo Judith Wakelam
|4 double boxes in St John's chapel|
Photo Bob Tonks
|Boxes for different sloping eaves|
|Air brick liner Swift brick|
Judith reports that a difficult season had produced more casualties.
|3 successes. Photo Judith Wakelam|