Sunday 6 November 2011

Decay of a Swift nest

Contributed by Dick

People often ask whether it is necessary to clear out a Swift nest-box at the end of the season. This video shows that it is not necessary, as a thriving population of invertebrates will do it for you.

Between 14th August, after the 2nd chick fledged, and 6th November, the video shows one second per day. It is remarkable how much the bugs disturb the nest every day, reducing it from a beautiful feathered construction to a pile of detritus.

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