Legacy projects - Swifts

This project is aimed at encouraging swifts by monitoring their activities and erecting swift boxes in the appropiate place to enable more breeding pairs.

We have completed several surveys of the Chichester City but it has proved difficult to ascertain where the swifts are nesting although there are plenty of swifts flying around. So we have reverted to Articles in the Chichester Observor and "word of mouth" to spread the word that we have available boxes for anyone in the area that wants one.
This resulted in large response from the Chichester area and August and September were spent erecting boxes in the evenings. The area covered was from Walberton to Bosham and Midhurst to Bracklesham Bay  with a current total of 34 boxes being installed. Richard Kennedy of Team Endeavour UK Ltd (many thanks, Richard) has agreed to install at no cost. As we were installing at Lavant swifts were going in and out about 2 metres away so very hopeful of those
May 2019 We have just installed the final 2 boxes in Basham bringing the total installed to 44...We will now wait to see how successful they have been before considering any next steps.

John Kelsall


Chichester, West Sussex

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