Alsager Town Council is helping the town become more ‘swift-friendly’ by installing bespoke nesting boxes for endangered swifts under its roof.
Swifts are now one of the UK’s most endangered birds, having declined by a dramatic 50% in the past two decades.
The three special nesting boxes were donated as a joint project between Alsager Urban Wildlife Initiative, Councillor Jane Smith (Alsager Town Council) and the town’s Sustainability Group. They have been installed on the wall of the Town Council offices with the permission of the landlord, Cheshire East Council. They were installed recently free of charge by KDE contractors who were working on the building.
Alsager should easily be able to accommodate several swift colonies. There have lots of trees as well as the Mere, which is great habitat for flying insects. Hopefully putting up nest boxes on the Town Council building will inspire others to do the same in their homes.
For information on installing a box please contact the Town Council office who can put you in touch with a local expert.