Friday, 17 November 2017

Swift project talk

I gave a talk to various wildlife groups in Cardiff University yesterday evening. It was well attended and it generated quite a lot of interest. Several "new" volunteers stepped forward and new contacts were made. On the back of it, I was approached to give a talk to another group next June. Many thanks to all those that came along and supported the event.

Also Howard has been in touch. He's constructed the boxes for Trinity in Penarth. We hope to put them up in the New Year

Friday, 29 September 2017

Recent developments

Julia, Howard and I visited Trinity in Penarth today. Looking good. Pictures below.

Also the bid to HLF for a grant towards a tower in Cardiff has been submitted. HLF should respond within a couple of months.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Good news from Trinity Church

The Swifts will be leaving our shores soon. There were large numbers over the River Ely yesterday. Christine from Trinity Church in Penarth has been in touch. They are keen to put some Swift boxes up in their tower. A site visit is planned in the autumn.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Some appalling news

I met Paul Virgin, the Ranger from Parc Taf  Bargoed this morning. He informed me that the Swift tower, erected last year in the park, had been vandalised. This was not some mindless act of vandalism however. Someone had undone all the bolts at the base of the tower with a socket set, brought the tower down and destroyed the nesting chambers. Luckily there weren't any Swifts in residence.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017


  • Julia and Linda have been out surveying in Barry with local resident, Jane.
  • Gareth has been keeping an eye on the church tower boxes in Llantwit Major. As far as he can tell, there's been no interest yet, although he did see 20 birds over the town.
  • I paid a visit to Trinity Church in Penarth. Hopefully, we'll be able to install some boxes inside their tower this winter.
  • Ian has had a box erected in his street and the builders are very keen to put up more. He distributed some Swift badges.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Time to get out surveying

It's time to get out surveying your Swifts. I went to one of my local sites on Pontypridd on Thursday. There were 20 or so Swifts screaming overhead. I located one house where at least four (possibly 5) birds were entering holes under the eaves.
I notice that SEWBREC and the other Welsh Record Centres are holding an event on June 10th, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their formation.  They have highlighted several species that they wish to record and the Swift is one of them.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Sorry tale

Had a phone call from Dave & Margaret Knight from Penarth last week. His neighbour's cat had brought in a Swift. It was still alive, so Dave did exactly the right thing, by putting it in a box and giving it water from a tissue. Sadly the Swift died the next day. It seems, it had been trying to enter a nest site that had been blocked up during renovations to the roof and exhausted itself. It shows that we must be mindful of this when undertaking roof repairs.