Sunday, 31 July 2016

Article in roofing magazine

As a member of the Local Swift Network forum, I occasionally get sent useful Swift info. Recently I received this from Edward Mayer, concerning an article in the latest edition of "Roofing today"

Friday, 29 July 2016

HLF bid

We are currently putting together a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for Swift towers. The first stage is to identify potential sites. If you have any suggestions, please get in touch.

P.S. There are still plenty of Swifts around. I saw 4 over Bedwas yesterday.

Friday, 15 July 2016


Mike and Jackie Pointon have visited Bedwas Junior School to undertake a Swift Q & A with the pupils. Mike says that many of the youngsters were pretty clued up and that they are putting together a video on Swifts. Watch this space.

Julia Barrell and I visited a householder in Roath today to investigate a potential site for Swift nest boxes. The site used to have Swifts some years ago but re-roofing led to their disappearance. It looks a promising area. Another potential project?

Friday, 8 July 2016

Cosmeston and Lavernock

There were quite a few Swifts over Cosmeston Lakes on Wednesday (6th July) and I note that Andy Burns reported good numbers at Lavernock on the same date. Are they on the move?

Friday, 1 July 2016

Birdwatch article

There was an interesting article on the Birdwatch News Archive today concerning GPS tagging of Swifts in Northern Ireland. Well worth a read.

Political support

The Welsh Assembly government has recently appointed a series of species champions. I was delighted to see that the Swift is being championed by Jenny Rathbone AM.