Greenfields’ homes in Braintree are set to get some new tenants of the feathered variety after 20 nest boxes were installed.
Homes on Boleyns Avenue are benefiting from new roofs as part of our planned maintenance programme. Nest boxes have been installed in case any swifts feel the urge to get comfortable while having a break from their travels!
Mark Nowers, Conservation Officer for Essex, Hertfordshire & South Suffolk RSPB, is concerned that swifts’ nests in the region are being damaged, affecting their ability to breed.
He said: “Nationally, we have lost 47% (nearly half) of our breeding swifts since 1995 and the population is reducing at around 4% every year. They nest almost exclusively in buildings and spend the rest of their lives in the air – they eat, sleep and even mate on the wing.
“When houses are understandably refurbished, traditional nest sites can be lost. We believe this to be the greatest threat to this species.”
He continued: “The simple, cheap solution is to put up nest boxes. I’m grateful that Greenfields has listened to us and responded by installing these next boxes; which will hopefully help swifts in the local area, should they wish to settle.”
Steve Koeck, Greenfields’ Contracts Manager, says: “If there is something we can do to help protect local species and wildlife from harm or extinction whilst we are refurbishing or developing homes, we are keen to work with local organisations to do so.”