Breyer build bird boxes
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- 11.17am, 24 April 2012
Stevenage Homes is providing 25 new homes for endangered birds. Tenants that have recently had work undertaken to their roofs have been given the opportunity to have a nesting box for swifts installed for free.
Roofing contractor Breyer is installing the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust approved boxes as part of their commitment to improving the environment. Swifts traditionally nest in the roofs of homes when they return to the area from Africa every spring.
Tim Hills, conservation manager for the Wildlife Trust explains,
‘The population of swifts has dropped by 40% in the last 15 years because of the loss of breeding sites. Without the help of local people swifts could be extinct within twenty years. The new boxes will replace traditional nesting sites in older buildings that have been lost due to renovation works and modern building methods.’
Twenty five Stevenage Homes tenants have agreed for Breyer to install the new nesting boxes, which are maintenance free and do not cause noise or mess problems for householders. The first to have a swift box installed was Terry Paterson of Walkern Road. He said,
‘Swifts are the most aerobatic and entertaining of migratory birds. When performing in small flocks their aerial antics and shrill calls are truly fascinating. I’d like to thank Breyer, the Council and the Wildlife Trust for providing a splendid nesting box for swifts at my home. ’
The boxes have been installed in time for the swifts’ anticipated return in late April. They will spend around four months in Stevenage to breed and raise their young before heading back to Africa. The birds usually return to the same area every year.