During June 2008 I noticed several swifts investigating the eaves of the houses in Pettitts Close, Dry Drayton. These houses were built in 1975, all to a fairly similar design, some with the eaves apex at the front and some with the apex at the side. All eaves have an overhang of about 9 inches. Knowing that the houses were unlikely to have holes in their roofs or soffits suitable for breeding swifts, I contacted Dick Newell. He suggested I put up a swift box, or even better, two. So I bought two Zeist boxes from John Stimpson and Clive fixed them to the east wall of our house, under the eaves and around 7 feet above the garage flat roof.
I also persuaded a neighbour further down the road to have a Zeist box. He fixed it to a west-facing wall where the flyway was partly blocked by the house next door [See Fig. 6].
Fig 1. Two Zeist boxes on south wall, painted white
|Fig 2. white Zeist boxes and new cabinet box|
Fig 3. New boxes designed for local sloping eaves
All of the eaves had the same 22.5° slope.
Fig 4. New boxes being installed
Fig 5. Cabinet box with 2 entrances
(note 2 Zeist boxes at rear)
In all, 8 chicks were successfully fledged in Pettitts Close this year.
|Fig 6. House with 1 box originally and |
4 added in 2015 (note cramped access)