[UPDATE JULY 2016: I suppose it was tempting fate giving this post its title, as the re-engineering described below has resulted in 2 pairs of Swifts raising 2 chicks each]
|The west side of St John's, the boxes are|
near the bottom of the right side
Despite our attempts to make the entrances stand out (literally), it could be that the profusion of holes confuses the birds.
We have decided to re-engineer the entrances, by removing the floor of the triangle, so that the birds have a whole diamond available.
We have also added a small ramp below the entrances to the boxes (see last picture below).
If we could get Swifts into these boxes, the potential of this church is enormous. The pictures below show what we have done.
|3 entrances, before re-engineering. The 'ladders' below the entrances were added later.|
|Close-up of 1 entrance|
|The 3 boxes rest on the floor|
|A re-engineered entrance with the entrance |
floor removed and a ramp below the box.
|The re-engineered entrances reinstalled|