Daily Archives: April 19, 2009

Swift Tower at the Olympics

Swifts have been in Britain for centuries, but they may soon vanish from England and the UK – which we can’t let happen.

There are no places for swifts on modern buildings.  There used to be nooks and crevices for them to build their nests, but not any longer as modern and renovated buildings  make it impossible for them to nest. 

A group called Swift Conservation are doing all sorts of things to stop this happening.  They are getting involved with the Olympics in London by erecting Swift Nesting Poles in the Olympics biodiversity area..  

What a great idea this is.  We can all help and donate and follow the Swift Conservation Group as they work towards keeping swifts in our skies. 

Here is a reply I received when I contacted them – 

Dear Trish,
Dick Newell passed on your very welcome e-mail to me, as I am involved in the Olympics project, where we hope to have a Swift Tower or Pole erected as part of the site’s biodiversity features.

Best wishes, Yours, Edward

Click the link below to see what efforts they are going to –

Swift Conservation –  http://www.swift-conservation.org/ – Keeping Life in our Skies!

Here is another email I received –

Dear Trisha,

Thanks for getting back to me. I had a useful meeting with the Olympics biodiversity team last week, and will have another soon I think to discuss further ideas for Swift nest places on their site.

Meanwhile I’ll tell them of your kind offer (I’m copying them in to this e-mail) and we’ll see what they say!

All the best, Yours, Edward

Click here to see more info about swifts

Bird Feeding in the garden

I have been outside a lot today gardening and sorting the bird food area out.

At the moment there are such a lot of rooks and crows flying overhead as soon as I put the  bird food out.  On the other hand I get birds such as the coal tit coming to the ground feeder.

As usual it’s the blackbirds and thrushes that are missing out as they can’t enter the meshed ground feeder as they are too big.  Because of this they get the left overs from what the rooks and crows eat.

I have had some really good advice about putting out some wire and I have sort of done this with some wire I have here.  We’ll see if it works.  If I put the birdfood inside the wire it should keep the large birds out.

I think a good way of feeding birds is by planting bird friendly plants, shrubs, trees and flowers. 

I am also forking up areas of soil near to the base of hedges, shrubs and bushes to make it easy for blackbirds and thrushes to get at the grubs and worms in the soil.

In summer the ground can get really hard here so I’m going to continue doing what I did last summer – recycle some of the household water onto the garden soil near the base of the shrubs and bushes and areas that I’ve forked over.

Am I mad?

I just see all these garden birds around me and then I see the rooks getting all the food and it is really annoying.

I’ll always put bird food out.  But forking the ground and putting water near the roots of shrubs so the garden birds can get worms easily  are other ways to make life easier for our garden birds.

It gives me a bit extra exercise as well!   walking backwards and forwards from the house with a bucket of water a few times a day.  Who needs the gym!

I have seen a few blackbirds and thrushes pecking on these soft, damp areas of soil, so hopefully it’s working.

I just need to know if soapy water is OK to pour onto soil near plants and for blackbirds and thrushes to peck at