WHAT TO DO

Bird Watching (UK) - - Conservation Bird Population -

ADRIAN THOMAS RSPB wildlife gar­den­ing ex­pert House Martin and Swift are two great species to aim for, both of which need our help th­ese days. Height off the ground and a clear flight line into the box are the crit­i­cal things for th­ese two. Swifts in par­tic­u­lar like a good 5m of ground clear­ance. New re­search is sug­gest­ing that in­te­grated Swift boxes get a much higher rate of oc­cu­pancy than ex­ter­nal boxes, but don’t let that put you off if you re­ally can’t bear to have some­one cut into the wall. Both types of boxes should ideally be right up un­der the eaves, of course, where the over­hang gives them much of their shel­ter. And then the vi­tal in­gre­di­ent is pa­tience! Tape lure calls can at least alert pass­ing birds to the nests, but it can still take sev­eral years. And do take care up that lad­der, Matt!

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