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Wildlife at Milton Park – Swift boxes & ducklings

Published on: 02/05/2018

Despite the weather being reluctant to show us the signs of Spring, Milton Park’s wildlife and landscape team are keen to crack on. 

You may have noticed a large box on a pole near the newly opened Backhill tunnel, this is a swift box and has been installed to help attract families of swifts to nest and make Milton Park their home. 

Screaming swifts are one of the iconic birds of summer, visiting the UK for only 3 months each year from Africa. However, our swifts are in trouble. Over the last 20 years, their numbers have almost halved. Part of this decline is thought to be the loss of traditional nest sites. Swifts are site faithful and once they have a nest site will use it for the rest of their lives. Nest towers such as this one can help provide more nest places for our struggling swifts and bring nature closer to our daily lives. The sound of screaming swifts from this tower will hopefully attract in any birds on the hunt for a new nest site.

http://www.swift-conservation.org/http://www.swift-conservation.org/

http://actionforswifts.blogspot.co.uk/http://actionforswifts.blogspot.co.uk/

The Park ducks have also been busy and now have over a dozen babies in tow. They’re mainly down at the lagoon by 102 Park Drive so please be careful when driving past this area. We haven’t yet seen the baby geese but their arrival is eagerly anticipated and will be announced as soon as their spotted.

Thank you to everyone who continues to help make Milton Park the environment it is. We know a lot of you enjoy it on your lunch times so thank you for keeping it clean and tidy, please continue to enjoy it as much as you can.

Photo credit: (Ducks) Suzanne Harvey from Ipsen and (Tower) Anthony Stiff from Anthony Stiff Associates (installers of the swift tower) 

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