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Latest update…

We  are delighted to have been awarded some funding by the Suffolk Secrets/AONB Fund to help promote our Swift conservation project. 

With their support, we have been able to install three nesting sites in the Aldeburgh Parish Church – they can be seen between the slate louvres on the south elevation (see pictures below).  We have also set up a call system to attract the Swifts and a camera to hopefully capture some wildlife action.  To view the camera’s images we plan to have a television in the Church shortly.  Whilst we wait to see whether we have any success in attracting Swifts this year, we hope to be able to show the Jackdaws on one of their nests.  They have been nesting in the tower for many years and in one place their nest is now over 2ft tall, sandwiched between the louvres and the inner window!

                 

In the meantime, here’s a date for your diary:

Swift Awareness week 16th – 23rd June. Look out for our spring and summer events…details to follow.

 

 

16th – 23rd June 2018

And finally, if you haven’t read this recent article please do so…

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/26/wildlife-modern-farming-insects-birds

… and then go to

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/the-future-for-food-farming-and-the-environment

and have your say.  Thank you

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Swift boxes in the town

Aldeburgh now has 51 boxes installed and with another 18 boxes due to go up shortly, we will have exceeded our target – a huge ‘thank you’ to all the residents who have supported our project.  A town map in the library shows where these are located and where others will be installed in due course, so do take a look.

Meanwhile our Swifts are on their way to the UK – we have just had a first siting in the Loire valley reported to us.

Expect them back in Aldeburgh on the 7th May …

 

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Welcome to

‘Aldeburgh’s Amazing Swifts’ 

conservation project.

We started this project in May 2017 with the aim of helping to stop the decline in Swift numbers in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

By appealing to residents and builders in the town, we want to raise awareness to the drop in the number of Swifts and give advice on how to halt the decline.  You can help by installing a nest box, leaving a hole under your roof tiles or by installing a Swift brick in any new build.  Ideally the boxes should be on a north facing wall, 5 metres high, with no trees or wires to hinder access.  Visit the swift conservation web site to find out more about providing a nest site for these remarkable birds   http://swiftconservation.org

Give us a call if you would like some advice on installing a nest box.

Please read the ‘Article’ page to understand why and how you can help and read the ‘Latest News’ page to see what we’ve been up to over the summer.  Also check out the ‘Identification’ page to see the difference between Swifts, Swallows and House Martins.

Finally, if you find a struggling Swift, do give us a call (07762 300050 or 01728 454585) if immediate assistance is needed or check the swifts-conservation.org website for a list of carers who can advise, Judith Wakelam (01638 715971) being the closest at Mildenhall.

Alan and Christine Collett

01728 454585

07762 300050

alan.collett6@btinternet.com