New Milton Housing Estate in Hampshire has been home for over 25 years to a large colony of swifts (around 50 pairs). Following the installation of anti-pigeon spikes to deter house martins, this colony is under immediate threat of destruction. Find out more at the links below:
The swifts have now started to return and are trying to gain access to
their blocked nests. Many birds have already flown into the netting and
help is needed now before it is too late! These spikes have been known
to fatally injure swifts trying to find access to their holes.
Having flown thousands of miles, crossing the Sahara and facing many
perils along the way, it is heartbreaking to think their journey will
end here so needlessly.
We can stop this now. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell them that swifts are iconic birds that are suffering due to lack of nest sites and that New Forest Council should be helping them by supplying them with nest bricks (nesting boxes in the shap of bricks that can be incorporated into buildings) rather than keeping them out of their nest sites.
You may want to refer the New Forest Cuncil to the Edinburgh Council briefing on Swifts and Development.
As ever, text in red contains hyperlinks that take you to other webpages where you can find out more and take action.