Sunday, January 24, 2010

Act Swiftly

Another day, another petition. Tajinder likes Swifts. She wrote a whole post on the subject last May. And now she wants you to sign a petition on the Number 10 website which calls for legislation “to make provision for bird and bat species mandatory within new and existing building developments.”

But do we really need Big Government to tell us to do this? Most people like birds, unlike Foxes and Pigeons. We put nuts and food out for them during the winter months. But builders are a bit more cautious. Not everybody will want Bats or Swifts nesting in their eaves. But we do have a choice. We can have bat boxes or Swift boxes fitted if we want them. So, really we should be saying to peeps, look, these things are quite cheap, easy to install, so why not stick a few up if you want them?

Also, there are Swift Towers [see here] that can be erected in public places like parks or a Town Square. So, maybe we should be asking the council, and the Nature Conservation Team, to be having a look at this? It doesn’t necessarily have to come out of the council budget – there are funding opportunities available. Back to you Tajinder!


  1. Not many people know this but - Swifts have very short beaks as they mainly catch insects on the wing and do not have to scratch around for their food; they also have very short legs as they spend more time on the wing than most other birds. For these reasons, Swifts were believed not to have any beak or feet at all.

    Thus you may see on heraldic arms footless, beakless birds. These are known as MARTLETS, as they were believed to be little Martins.

    Are you still awake?

  2. Au contraire, jawal1, au contraire,
    your input is not boring at all!
    I decided to google swifts and the RSPB site makes really interesting reading.
    What fascinated me most is that flegdlings, when they leave the nest, fly back to Africa immediately.
    Birds are brilliant.

  3. I have seen my first swift of the year today!
    A little ray of gloom in general doom!

    1. Apologies, I realised after clicking the button 'publish' that I made a boo-boo. I wanted to celebrate that first sighting of a swift.
      In the old days, during the first weekend in May we could hear the cuckoo in the Claybury Woods. This has not happened in years so, a swift will replace that welcome sign of Spring!