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Thank you , that sounds like a very good number I will try and get down to see that colony this year. 



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Pole field Estate in Prestwich confirm swift breeding most years.

80 birds flying round over the houses at roof top height this evening

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Hi Vic,

Really sorry to hear about the decline of swifts in Gee Cross and I expect that story is replicated in many towns around the UK. In the areas you mention I wonder whether you can confirm whether the houses have been re-roofed perhaps by the local authority, it does seem a very sudden decline as if all the roofs have been done at once. It would be good if you can check these streets again on a nice evening or two at the end of July when I do hope there maybe some more swifts to see ,if any have managed to successfully breed. It will be interesting to see the numbers at the end of the season.

Do let me know and if you could submit a bird group record for the few swifts you do see, this is much appreciated as it will be passed to Greater Manchester Ecology Unit in due course and this data maybebe useful in helping future mitigation for swifts. I would like to see new developments including swift bricks but the more data we have the more chance appropriate recommendations can be made.

 

many thanks,

 

 Louise

 



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Thanks Zoe - that would be great if you find any, otherwise if you are submitting any Rodis records - if swifts are low flying and screaming around rooftops - these can be submitted as Display & courtship or you can add this to comments on the bird group records with the name of the street. Thanks for your help with swift records it's much appreciated! Louise 



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I have never seen so few breeding Swifts where I live in Gee Cross ( near what was Hyde hospital).  I used to see c20 on fine evenings for year after year until last year when there were only 7 or 8 present. This year I have only seen a single pair  on occasions . There used to be a small colony of no more than 5 pairs around Nelson St Hyde;there was still at least a couple of pairs last year, but I've walked through the area a few times and not recorded any. There was also a colony of 15 - 20 pairs off Dowson Road, although I've not checked this area for a few years but I think this colony might have gone, or at least considerably reduced.

The decline has been much more sudden than that of the House Martin which has seen a slow decline over around 20 years or so. The 50+ pairs on and around Nelson St are now down to around 2 or 3 pairs with single pairs on Peel St, Mansfield Road and Halton St.

 



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Have seen screeching over council estates in Broughton and mating on wing but no confirmed nests so far, unfortunately. I will let you know as soon as I do.

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Hi Scott,

Thank you for submitting your records! Glad you love swifts too! I am giving a talk at Leigh OS on 2 March next year, would be great if you can make it. I am also at Horwich on 23 November giving a talk to The Open Door society. Best Wishes, Louise



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Done! My favourite bird the Swift, got loads nesting on Westleigh estate, Leigh!

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Hello All,

I have set up a conservation project - Bolton & Bury Swifts - to help try & address the decline of this enigmatic species in my local area. I am also volunteering for RSPB with a specific Swift remit, they have a funding bid pending to create homes for swifts in Greater Manchester, through their "Swift Cities" project. Swifts, as you will know are almost entirely dependent upon our homes & buildings for their nest spaces but due to modern building materials & regulations, are being increasingly excluded & have suffered a 47% decline bet. 1995-2014. I would like to ask for your help! - As it's really important to get an accurate picture of where swifts are currently nesting throughout the county. Therefore I would be most grateful if you could keep an eye out for any swift colonies and submit your records via the Bird Group's Excel recording sheet or Mapmate. What is important is to record the correct breeding code and if swifts are "screaming & low-flying at rooftop height", the correct code would be D - Courtship and Display, this behaviour probably indicates there is a nest nearby and is really valuable. Could you also add in the comments field the Address or Street Name of your sighting.

If you are interested in finding out what we are doing locally, do contact me at superswifts@outlook.com, I am involved in attending events, giving talks, including to children. My hubby makes swifts boxes, we also supply mini amplifiers to play swift attraction calls. Another role I have is trying to contact developers to request the installation of swift bricks but this can be a difficult one, as unfortunately they are not as keen as they might be! For information on this or Swift Cities please contact me as louise.bentley@rspb.org.uk

I will keep you up-dated with further developments to try & help swifts in the County and I'm very grateful to you for adding Swift records, especially nesting or courtship & display records. If you are interested in Swifts too, do get in touch!

Best Wishes, Louise

 



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