Latest Updates

Latest updates…                                           

22nd June 2022

The three chicks in our nest box are thriving and the parents are regularly returning with full mouths.

Friday 17th June 2022

One of the warmest evenings we can remember here in Aldeburgh and at 9.30pm there were as many Swifts in the sky, screaming around the rooftops, as we have ever witnessed.  Others saw the spectacle too so we are hopeful for a great breeding season.

We believe 10 of town’s nest boxes are occupied this year.

9th June 2022

All three pairs of our nesting Swift are back – at least we think so, but one pair appears to have taken one of our new boxes underneath the one they occupied last year.  At least that’s our theory but we won’t actually ever really know for sure.  Unfortunately that means they’ve taken the box without a camera.

But here’s the occupants of the other box with a camera – three eggs laid compared to only one last year.  The first hatching should happen any day now.

Also please note that copies of our new book are now available for free (with any purchase) from Munchies coffee shop in Aldeburgh High Street (an updated version of last year’s book M is for Minsmere.

 

 

Our children’s story book – Storm, The story of Aldeburgh’s amazing Swift – is still available.  It tells the story of our first rescued Swift and where he might travel to.  

Copies are available from Suffolk Wildlife Trust (via their online shop) for just £2.  Or just drop us an email.

We hope both books will inspire you and your family to want to find out more about the challenges our wildlife are facing and what you can do to help.

 

Past years’ news

We  are also 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.  No Swifts were attracted this year to the nest although birds were seen around the tower.  Maybe next year!

                 

Our nature boards can also now be seen along the seafront, opposite the Wentworth hotel and along from the Lifeboat Station.  Also funded by the Suffolk Secrets/AONB Fund, one board helps identify the difference between Swifts, Swallows and House Martins whilst the other demonstrates the support local residents and businesses have given to help preserve the town’s Swift population.  Our ‘Swift nest box trail’ leaflets are also available from the coffee shop by the boating pond and local hotels.

 

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And finally …

Swift boxes in the town

Aldeburgh now has 119 boxes installed so we have significantly exceeded our target – a huge ‘thank you’ to all the residents who have supported our project.

 

 

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