Would you like to participate in a Swift nesting box workshop?

And would you like to have swifts nesting under the eaves of your house?

Mark Glanville of Bristol Swifts and Matt Collis of Avon Wildlife Trust (both members of the Bristol Swift Conservation Group) recently teamed up and in November held the first of a number of swift nesting box workshops. Eight participants working in pairs made a nest box each, using materials and tools provided by Mark and Matt. The design of the box has been worked on and incrementally improved over many years by Mark, who, with his wife Jane, has what must be Bristol’s largest colony under the eaves of their house in Stoke Bishop. In 2017, they had 14 pairs, which fledged a record number of 20 chicks, and currently have 23 boxes placed around the eaves of their house. (See pictures of their colony of nest boxes at http://www.bristolswifts.co.uk/swift-colony/ ).

Redland Green Community Group is collaborating with Bristol Swift Conservation Group to hold two workshops for residents of Redland and surrounding suburbs. Workshop details are:

Dates: Sunday February 18 2018 and Saturday March 17 2018 BOTH WORKSHOPS NOW FULLY BOOKED

Times: 10am - 1pm.

Location: AWT’s Bennett’s Patch and White’s Paddock reserve on the Bristol Portway (http://www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/bennetts-patch-and-whites-paddock).

November 2017 workshop

If you would like to take part in a workshop, please send an email to Julie Parker at:

redlandgreen.comgp@gmail.com

to express your interest, letting me know how many people might take part. Workshops are suitable for anyone aged 16 or over. We will then arrange a date (or dates) for the next workshop(s).

Julie Parker

January 2018

For more information on swifts and swift conservation, go to: https://sites.google.com/site/redlandgreencommunity/conservation-of-swifts-apus-apus