A partnership featuring Bridgend Local Nature Partnership, Valleys to Coast and Glamorgan Bird Club has installed a number of nest boxes on Bridgend’s Marlas Estate to provide new nesting opportunities to swifts returning from Africa.
There was a warm welcome in North Cornelly last month for some very special summer visitors…swifts! And it’s hoped that they will establish a permanent summer home in their new nesting boxes, encouraging increasing numbers.
Swifts return to the same breeding each year from Africa and remain loyal to their partners. But they are in drastic decline, due to the loss of traditional nesting sites.
‘Marvellous summer migrants…’
Monitoring has shown swifts in the locality during their 14,000-mile round trips, so six suitably positioned nest boxes have been installed on Marlas Estate.
‘Swifts are a declining species,’ says GBC Trustee, Strinda Davies ‘and as a charity committed to the conservation and enjoyment of birds in our area of South Wales, we are delighted to be working with V2C for the benefit of these marvellous summer migrants.’
The project has been the result of diligent monitoring, by local GBC members, of the breeding Swift population in the communities of Kenfig Hill, Pyle and North Cornelly over the past few years as part of the RSPB UK wide Swift-mapping project.
‘Valleys to Coast is pleased to support this initiative as part of our commitment to supporting bio-diversity and enabling our residents to experience a variety of wildlife on their doorstep.’ explained Andy Jones, Community Housing team Leader with Valleys to Coast.
‘We look forward to working with GBC and Bridgend LNP on similar conservation projects.’