Nesting boxes installed to help Exmouth’s dwindling swift population

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 May 2018

Exeter Road Primary school's new swift boxes. Ref exe 18 18TI 3003. Picture: Terry Ife

Exeter Road Primary school's new swift boxes. Ref exe 18 18TI 3003. Picture: Terry Ife

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It is hoped that 18 new nesting boxes in Exmouth can help recover the population of migrating birds in the town.

Exeter Road Primary Headteacher Paul Gosling is pictured with some of the children and their new swift boxes. Ref exe 18 18TI 2999. Picture: Terry IfeExeter Road Primary Headteacher Paul Gosling is pictured with some of the children and their new swift boxes. Ref exe 18 18TI 2999. Picture: Terry Ife

The boxes, which have been installed at All Saints Church and Exeter Road Primary School, are for swifts. The population of the birds in the town has been threatened by a lack of the boxes.

Exmouth Men’s Shed made six of the 12 boxes, which are now fitted at the church, all of them installed by town roofers Keith Richards and Simon Long.

Jan Gannaway, of Exmouth Swift Group, said: “We have a small breeding population of swifts in Exmouth and their future has been threatened by loss of nesting places.

“These boxes should help swift numbers to recover so that we continue to see them grace our skies in summer months.”

Exeter Road Primary Headteacher Paul Gosling is pictured with some of the children and their new swift boxes. Ref exe 18 18TI 2997. Picture: Terry IfeExeter Road Primary Headteacher Paul Gosling is pictured with some of the children and their new swift boxes. Ref exe 18 18TI 2997. Picture: Terry Ife

Six boxes have been installed at the school.

Headteacher Paul Gosling said: “The children are very excited about the return of the swifts.”

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