As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Swift action creates hundreds of nests in Ribble Valley

By Jon Robinson, Reporter

HUNDREDS of new nests have been created in the Ribble Valley to house swifts returning to the UK to breed.

The RSPB and Ribble Valley Borough Council have joined forces to provide 200 purpose-built holes in the sides of homes for the birds.

With their long scythe-shaped wings, swifts have just arrived back, having spent the winter eating insects in the central African rainforests.

Swifts in the UK are almost totally dependent on holes in old buildings to raise their chicks, but these days are finding it increasingly hard to find a place to nest.

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