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.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Campaign to build more swift nesting sites in Brighton

12th March

By Hsin-Yi Lo  @hsinyilo Reporter
ANIMAL lovers are calling for the installation of more nesting sites for swifts to help stem their declining numbers.
In just a few months’ time, these small birds will be making their epic 6,000-mile journey from Mozambique to the UK.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is spearheading a campaign to convince Brighton and Hove City Council to build nesting spots such as swift bricks or boxes on new housing developments outlined in its City Plan.
Activists argue there are not enough nesting places in the city and say it is cost efficient to set them up.
The birds stay in the UK for a short time between May and August.
Chloe Rose, South East conservation officer for the RSPB said: “Swifts are a key focus of our work in Brighton and Hove due to their rapidly declining numbers and the fact that they are solely reliant on urban habitats to nest in.
“Having the stipulation within the City Plan for swift bricks to be installed in all new housing developments would give swifts ongoing security, and protect this species for generations to come.

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