Ludlow Swifts conservation group
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Nesting places for Swifts are getting fewer and so it is super that there are groups around the country dedicated to the conservation of the birds. One such group is the Ludlow Swift Conservation Group and the first Swifts of the year have been spotted flying around the Castle on the 30th April.
The group meet every Thursday at the Buttercross around 8pm (phone to check) and the main objective is to determine where the birds are currently nesting and to get an idea of breeding sucess. They are also working with Skill Builders CIC to produce some locally built Swift nest boxes and they are for sale at £10 each. It is recomended that if you are to try to attract Swifts to your nesting site that you use the CD (£5) of Swift calls and play it at the nest box site to entice the birds. Proceeds from the sale of these boxes will provide funds to build new boxes for next year.
There is the St Laurence's Conservation Trust weekend in the Church on the 21st and 22nd May, see www.stlaurences.org.uk/ludlow-conservation-weekend
for more information about this fundraising weekend.
If you are interrested in helping the Swifts around Ludlow contact email@example.com
or phone 01584876818 or see www.ludlow21.org.uk
the national Swift conservation group can be found at www.swift-conservation.org/news.htm
The Swifts will only be with us until the end of July and then they will be away again. It is also worth keeping an eye out for the House Martins and Swallows, this year we have had a dry start and so they will be hard pressed to find mud to repair their old nests, and that is easily remedied. Just build a mud bath, sink an old dustbin lid or similar into the lawn (ask Dad first!) and make some nice sticky mud - a great way for the children to get involved with conservation - mud pies!