Marlow Swift Walk
As part of Swift Awareness Week in 2018, we held our first ever swift walk around Marlow. It was a great success, despite competing with England playing in the World Cup! Nearly 30 people strolled around the town for over an hour and were rewarded with some wonderful flying displays, especially over St Peter Street. We also saw the most amazing sight, which was a swift leaving its nest just under the gutter above the Back in Action shop next to Platts - only about 10-12 feet off the ground. We didn’t see any other swifts leaving or entering nests anywhere, even though we know they must be nesting somewhere in the town. Below are some of the group outside the Marlow Donkey.
“Giving swifts, owls, garden birds and bats a home”
Our first ever nest box event was a huge success, with over 60 people coming to Braywick Nature Centre to see a range of boxes for birds and bats. We signed up lots of new members for the swift group and a dozen volunteers to do swift surveys in their local streets next year.
The swift boxes from our very own local team of volunteers from the Bisham Nest Box Group took centre stage, along with an excellent selection of swift boxes from C J Wildlife. We had a sound system and camera system on show too.
The local volunteer box makers also showed a range of boxes for other birds including barn owls, tawny owls, little owls, kestrels, robins, blue tits and great tits.
Spot the swift in this photo!
These organisations all helped in various ways with the Braywick event