Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Talk to NHS Retired Staff

I gave a talk to the NHS Retirement Fellowship in Llanishen today. There were around 60 attendees. Several of the audience showed great interest in the topic and I think we could recruit some new Swift Champions from their midst. Pity I couldn't show them pictures of the Cardiff Bay Tower - next time maybe.

P.S. The tower has been delivered to Centregreat in Cardiff. We'll need to wait for the end of the Volvo Round the World Yacht event to finish before we can start erecting it.

Swift surveying

I've done a couple of surveys recently.

  • The first in St Fagans (part of the Cardiff-wide survey) at the end of May, saw 3 - 5 Swifts flying high over the village. A pair were observed mating.
  • The second survey was in central Pontypridd on 4th June. A lovely evening with 22 - 25 Swifts flying low and screaming. I only managed to find one nesting pair.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Barry Swifts

It was great to meet Jane and Angela at All Saints Church in Barry today. Howard has measured up in readiness for yet another nest box scheme. Whilst we were there a group of about 5 Swifts were wheeling overhead. Looks a promising site.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Leaflets ready

The Cardiff Swift City leaflets have been printed. We'll be distributing some at the Swift volunteer event next week. 40 volunteers have come forward to help monitor Swifts in Cardiff this summer.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

And they're back

Had my first Swift sightings of the year on Sunday 22nd April over Kenfig Pool. This is one of my earliest ever sightings. They were seen over Cardiff Bay as well.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

RSPB Swift Survey

Ian Hartrey has been working hard entering all the known Swift nesting records in Cardiff on to the RSPB Swift Survey web page, in readiness for this summer's survey.

If you are not already doing so, please add your records (not just Cardiff) to this page. It'll mean that we have all our records accessible. I've also now added the URL to our Swift leaflet.

https://swiftsurvey.org/Rspb/Home/Index