SCREAMERS RE­TURN

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild May -

Packs of swifts zoom­ing around rooftops, known as scream­ing par­ties, are al­ways a May high­light, and new GPS stud­ies are prov­ing what was long sus­pected: the scim­i­tar-winged mi­grants will have stayed air­borne dur­ing their en­tire so­journ over Africa. No other Bri­tish bird is as de­pen­dent on us for nest sites. Build­ing on the suc­cess of com­mu­nity nest­box (and nest-brick) projects in Lewes, Belfast, Ex­eter, Cam­bridge, Lud­low and Sed­bergh, the lat­est ur­ban area to be­come a ‘Swift City’ is Ox­ford, where an RSPB project will see at least 300 new nests put up over two years. GET IN­VOLVED To help your lo­cal swifts visit www.swift-con­ser­va­tion.org

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