|Final assembly of the tower on its pole|
The box was mounted on a substantial 8 metre telegraph pole, 1.5 metres of which was in the ground.
|Heavy lifting gear is used to lift the pole|
Will is blessed with a team of keen and competent volunteers who did a great job making the tower, and then helping to get it erected.
The trust already had a stock of suitable timber, as well as a spare telegraph pole, so this kept costs down.
|The tower is up. Photo Judith Wakelam|
The sound system is based upon the Cheng Sheng player amplifier, 12 volt battery and solar panel charger. [described here and here].
It may be necessary to keep this going from May to July, through daylight hours, for a number of years to be sure of attracting Swifts into the tower.
This is a great example of a larger organisation, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, getting behind the project, competent management on the ground, and a team of willing and able volunteers to make it happen.
|Photo Judith Wakelam|
|Design model for Micklemere tower|