Before the 2015 season, we installed 8 boxes on the west side of the belfry. Attraction calls were played throughout the summer, and birds were seen investigating the boxes but no pairs became established.
However, in 2016, 2 pairs of Swifts raised chicks and a third box contained a small amount of nest material and an unhatched egg.
Following this success, a further 10 boxes have now been installed in the south side.
In both cases, only the top two louvres are accessible from the inside, the lower louvres being obstructed by a wall.
In most belfries, a simple box cabinet with a vertical front wall is used. In the case of St Vigor's it seemed better to angle the front at 45° over the louvres.
David Gant, church warden lead the project, ensuring that the attraction calls were played consistently in both years
The following pictures show how it was done.
|The south side - view from the inside|
|Computer model showing how cabinet fronts relate to louvres|
|2 cabinets before installation. The upper cabinet abutted against the vertical wall,|
and the lower cabinet fitted below the top louvre
|10 boxes installed. Photo David Gant|
|The entrance positions are dictated by the stonework resulting in larger central boxes|