Green Connections working to make Powys a Swift County!

You are probably thinking that it is the wrong time of year to be focusing on Swifts but Green Connections Powys have ambitions for Powys to become a ‘Swift County’ and we need your help!

Swifts, in common with many other migratory birds, are in a steep decline. There are many reasons for this, some out of our control in other countries.

In the UK, where they nest and raise their young, house renovations are blocking access to their nest sites within the roof spaces. The decline in insects as land management practices change have reduced their food resources. On top of that, we don’t know what effect climate change is having.

Our aims are:
• to locate and map where swifts are nesting and feeding throughout Powys
• to encourage building owners, developers and contractors to maintain and/or provide nesting sites for swifts with swift boxes, swift bricks or maintaining access to roof spaces
• to encourage organisations eg Powys County Council, Town and Community Councils and businesses to also provide nest sites/boxes on their buildings
• to engage volunteers to help locate and map swifts, to make swift boxes and hold swift awareness events with support from the Green Connections Powys team.

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering to help this project in Brecknock please contact Pauline Hill or ring 07957 292235. Please let Pauline know what you would prefer to help with i.e., finding and mapping nest/feeding sites, making swift boxes or organising/supporting awareness events.

Swift talk - join us!

We are delighted to have Swift expert Edward Mayer to give a talk.

When: Wednesday 1st December, 7pm.
Where: On Zoom

Grab your tickets here

A lovely illustrator Katy Frost has also created some graphics for us for free! They show the key differences between swifts, swallows, sand martins and house martins.