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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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Decline in swift and swallow numbers

I keep hearing  that in some areas there has been a devastating drop in  swallows returning.  Also  house martins and swifts. 

I have been  asking questions and reading. 

It has been said it could be

  • global warming across the sahara and
  • increased predation by Hobbys – they 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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 One  comment I have received is –

I live in Brackley Northamtonshire, we have had swallows nesting in the apex of our house roof for as long as i can remember, however this year have not even seen a single bird, or a swift for that matter, where are they all? Mike

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Please – if you have any info, stories, have read a report about this,  or have actually seen a decline or increase in swallows, swifts and martins please let me know.   It only takes a jiff to leave a comment.

 

Swifts save us from disease

Swifts save us from illness.

The swift is a predator of flying insects.

A lot of these flying insects carry a lot of tropical diseases.

Mr Edward Mayer has been researching into the swift and thinks that if the swift becomes extinct illnesses such as green nile fever and malaria will spread across the earth and infect europe.

Swift numbers are dropping and Mr Meyer, among others are trying to get people involved  in providing nesting sites for swifts

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Click here to see the reasons why swift numbers are declining and what we can do now.

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Click here to see how we can help swifts at the Olympic Games in London

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

Balcony Birding for Swifts

If you do not have a garden it does not matter

You can still help save the swift from extinction!

Edward Mayer and his friends are finding ways of putting up swift nest boxes in eaves and other places

CLICK HERE TO SEE  HOW TO PUT UP IDEAL HOMES FOR SWIFTS 

CLICK HERE TO READ AN ARTICLE I WROTE ABOUT THE SWIFT. 

Please get back to me and tell me what you think.

Isn’t it great that people are doing so much just for a bird!