Decline in Swallow numbers

I have been receiving letters from readers saying they are seeing a decline in swallows.  

For this reason I have been asking why this should be happening.   

I have  heard that there, are in some areas, a devastating drop in swallows, house martins and swifts.

It has been said it could be global warming across the sahara and increased predation by Hobbys – they are birds of prey that can fly faster than swifts.

There is anecdotal stories about a big mortality around the Zambezi River when air temperature plummeted 20 deg C – swallows fell out of the sky. As I say this is only anecdotal but could be true.

There have also been two bad breeding seasons in England.

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Hope there is a better breeding year this year. But we are so helpless with swallows, swifts and martins. We cannot feed them. It is maybe a more global problem.

I have read that if there is a reduction in swifts and swallows there will be in increase in insects – some of the insects cause illness to man

I wonder if this is a sure sign there is something wrong.

In some places there does not seem to have been a drop in numbers. I wonder why there is this fluxuation.

I have started a forum called at http://birdtablenews.com/forums/topic.php?id=10

I have started a topic about swifts and swallows, where information could be brought together. It’s new so not many chatting yet.

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GREAT NEWS!  THERE IS GOING TO BE A SWIFT TOWER AT THE OLYMPICS TO ENCOURAGE SWIFTS TO BREED

THERE ARE  SWIFT NEST PLACES /BOXES  FOR SALE TO ENCOURAGE SWIFTS TO NEST

HERE IS HOW YOU READ ABOUT THESE TWO THINGS –

CLICK ON THE BLUE WRITING  TO READ ABOUT SWIFT TOWERS BEING ERECTED AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN LONDON

CLICK ON THE BLUE WRITING  TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT  BUYING SWIFT NEST BOXES –  CLICK HERE

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The Swift Tower at the Olympic Games in London and the Swift Nest boxes are being organised by  http://www.swift-conservation.org/

If you contact them please let me know if you do anything to help the Swifts.

If you find any anecdotal, factual or other information about the decline in swifts and swallows let me know.

Somewhere someone must be putting all this information together.

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