8th January 2018
Have you seen the documentary called The Messenger? Recently shown at the Aldeburgh cinema, it explores humanity’s deep connection to birds and the effects man-made hazards have had on their populations. One section focuses on the use of the pesticide neonicotinoids which Michael Gove has recently announced will be banned in the UK following the revelation that 75% of insects have disappeared from a number of German nature reserves in the last 27 years. This directly affects the food supply of many birds, not least of all our Swifts.
If you haven’t seen the film, I do recommend that you do so and then consider who you might lobby to step up pressure on influential bodies to take some action.
And of course the Sad news is … Swifts have now been formally put on the Endangered list
But the Good news is … you can help by putting up a nest box ready for next May’s returning families.
Swifts are now on the UK’s endangered birds list. There may be a number of reasons for this – lost nest sites, lack of food supply, persecution and trapping. The first of these is the one we can influence most so do help by installing a nest box. Re the second, speak to your MP and ask what measures the Government are taking to address this – and if you don’t think it’s an issue, just consider when was the last time you had to wipe flies and moths off your car windscreen.
21st August 2017
Our Swifts came back for Carnival Day! Hope you saw them…
If you are down at your holiday home and haven’t caught up with what we’re about, then check out the ‘why and how’ of our campaign on our Articles page. Do give us a call if you would like us to advise on the installation of a Swift box.
Thank you to everyone who displayed our Swift houses over the summer.
Thank you also to everyone who came along to our stalls in the High Street earlier in the summer. The response was fantastic and we hope to add to our tally of boxes in the town over the coming months. Our target of 25 by next May certainly looks achievable so please do get in touch if you would like to consider installing a Swift box.
For those of you who have been in touch, we’re on the case and will be back to you shortly with recommendations on preferred boxes. We are hoping to get some made locally so if anyone knows someone who could do this for us do get in touch
Saturday 5th August
Some Swifts were seen last night over the southern marsh and over Church Farm so not all of them have left yet.
Monday 31st July
We think our Swifts have left on their long journey to Africa. But the Swallows and House Martins are still here so enjoy the sight of them flying around the town.
Saturday 29th July
This may be the last weekend our Swifts are in town. Some have already been seen heading south, probably migrants from further up the country. Why do they leave so early to go to Africa when our warm weather should be here for a quite a while longer? No one really knows, but it just emphasises the fact that they come here solely to breed so maintaining nesting sites in the UK is vital to the Swifts’ survival. Check out what other cities are doing to help the Swifts, e.g. Oxford, by visiting the Oxford University Museum of Natural History website.
Wednesday 19th July
We joined Waveney Bird Club last night to do a Swift count in Bungay and were rewarded with many sightings. Like us, the Club is seeking to raise awareness in the town of the decline in Swift numbers. The Club’s Project Officer Paddy Shaw did feel that this has been a good year for the birds in Bungay but more needs to be done if we are to reverse the national and local decline. Keep up the good work!
Wednesday 12th July
Look out for our mini-houses around the town, in shops and public buildings, then do come along to our stall in the High Street on Saturday 15th and 22nd July to learn more about Swifts and how you can help our conservation project.
Tuesday 11th July
After yesterday’s storms, please check your gardens for any Swifts that may have been brought down. Put them in a shoe box and give us a call – we’ll be happy to help look after them until they are strong enough to fly off.
Wednesday 5th July
Our flags can now be seen flying on a number of flagpoles around Aldeburgh! A big thanks to all our flag flyers.
We are planning to have a stall in the High Street on 15th & 22nd July in front of Deben Willow Care. Do come along to find out more about Swifts, the challenge they face and what you can do to help them. We will have a number of nest boxes on show.
Wednesday 7 June 2017
Tuesday’s rain and high winds had an impact on our Swifts. Driven down to roof level, they could be seen in large groups over the town, particularly over the northern end towards North Warren.
Our rescued Swift found at a house on Saxmundham Road spent a peaceful night in his (we think) box, looking a little uncomfortable it must be said!
Once he’d been aged (a one year old), weighed and sexed, he was ready to fly.
After a few moments, and helped by the strong wind, he was off! (middle left of photo)
Can we please express our thanks to:-
Jinny who found the exhausted Swift, Diana who directed Jinny to us, Judith Wakelam of Action for Swifts for her advice, and to Mike Swindells for turning up at Kings Field at 8am to check the little fellow over, do the biological bits and let him go.
If you find a struggling bird, 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.