Diligent contractors and developers hold the key to successful swift conservation projects
As a footnote I will add an example from Northumberland – Thirlwell Castle near Greenhead – where the stone mason for the Northumberland National Park Authority marked and retained existing swift nest sites during repair works, ensuring that scaffolding poles did not block nest sites during works. This was around 1998-2000.
As a result, on a summer evening, you can stand and watch and listen to an amazing display of swift madness as swifts dash around and through the ruins of the castle, their screams amplified by the stone as they dash through the gaps! Had it not been for this one person’s enthusiasm for swifts, no doubt the stone- works would have been treated as other renovation projects, and all gaps and holes mortared up – we can see it too often.