Jackdaws and Pigeons have been nesting in the Church tower for many years but discreet nesting sites have now been created for our endangered Swifts in the lower louvres on the south side of the belfry. A call system to help attract the birds and a camera have also been installed.
If we are fortunate enough to get Swifts nesting this year, live footage of the nest will be filmed but until then the Jackdaws, who nest on the north side of the tower, will be the stars of the show.
A television has been installed inside the Church at the back of the Nave and upon which you should now be able to see Sooty and Sweep’s three chicks. But don’t delay… they’re growing up quickly!
This facility, sponsored by the Suffolk Secrets/AONB fund, has been installed as part of a town-wide campaign to provide nest sites and boxes for Swifts, organised by Alan and Christine Collett. To find out more about the Aldeburgh’s Amazing Swifts project, do visit their website aldeburghsamazingswifts.co.uk and if you would like to read all about their rescued Swift, copies of Storm, The story of Aldeburgh’s amazing Swift, are available from the Aldeburgh Book Shop for a small donation.
Also look out for details on their website of the first ever UK Swift Awareness Week which is being held between Saturday 16th & Saturday 23rd June and of a fascinating evening talk about Swifts to be given by Edward Jackson of Save our Suffolk Swifts in the Church Hall on Thursday 5th July.
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