[Postscript: Mark now has a website bristolswifts.co.uk]
I have lived in Lyndale Avenue since 1989. It is a 1920’s semi-detached property situated on the outskirts of Bristol approximately 3 miles from the city centre and ¾ mile from the River Avon as the crow flies. The local area has a mixture of both private and council houses surrounded by many parks and open spaces including the famous Clifton Downs.
|The original nest boxes|
|The updated nest-box design|
|Nest box cabinet|
It was during June that I had a flash of inspiration. I was watching a new pair prospecting around one of my drain-pipes and completely ignoring my nest boxes (as they normally did).
|Addition of sections of pipe|
This worked almost immediately and within a couple of days I had 2 new pairs taking up residence. By the time they left in early August they had both built two perfect small nests.
|2-box cabinet with pipe section|
|Black pipes replaced with black paint|
Here are some videos:
Swifts in one of my nest boxes in June 2011
Swifts prospecting in July 2013