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    • CommentAuthorJamster
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2013
     
    Slightly different query this one - as part of our project we've removed some old lean-to sheds / farm buildings. The only good they were good for in the end were swallow's nests, some of which had been used for many years. We'd like to try and 'make-good' this as part of what we're building. I've seen fake stones that are hollow and sit under the eves, but I'd like to perhaps try and also incorporate features into what will also be a good sized shed / workshop. Does anyone have any good resources on how I can do this? I'm thinking ledges behind facias, barge boards, etc as well as the usual bird boxes - perhaps in a green wall??

    Cheers for any thoughts,
    Jamie
    • CommentAuthorJamster
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2013
     
    I should have said I already have this: http://www.green-ecology.co.uk/pdfs/Making_buildings_bird_friendly.pdf
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2013 edited
     
    We get swallows each year, although less this last couple of years. I've found they prefer overhead cover. So if you can supply a decent, reasonably high projecting overhang, exposed rafter soffits etc. they're happy. Ideally, keep any frequently used utility requirements clear of the overhang if possible. I put a water tap under mine and the little bug..rs manage to cover it in guano daily, my fault. I do miss being dive bombed on my way to the workshop, sad sign of the times I guess.:sad:
    • CommentAuthorJamster
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2013
     
    We're on my folks' farm so pleasingly we still get a good few pairs and they usually manage two broods a year - especially this one. One of the reasons I want to put these nest points back in I think.

    A decent overhang on my man-shed would work well as I could then integrate some wood storage too. Thanks.

    Incidentally, inspired by your username, we've managed to allow a little owl to raise 5 young over the last 2 years :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2013
     
    :flowers::clap:
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2013
     
    Posted By: owlmanalthough less this last couple of years
    They come and go quite extremely, not due to climate change or anything - don't worry, they'll be back in force.
    • CommentAuthorBeau
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2013
     
    Posted By: fostertom
    Posted By: owlmanalthough less this last couple of years
    They come and go quite extremely, not due to climate change or anything - don't worry, they'll be back in force.


    We had very few arrive in the spring but they seem to have had an epic season and a week ago the there were so many flying around the field I got dizzy watching them. They seem to be able make homes in any roofed area above cat height. On beams, under eaves and any other nook and cranny that takes their fancy. Truly brilliant flyers that are a joy to watch.
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeSep 13th 2013
     
    Seem to remember that there were a few hanging around Penzance railway station until late October/early November a year or two back.

    But one swallow does not make a summer
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    Our extension became home to swallows last year, lovely to have around although made a bit of a mess on my tools. After the windows went in this year I was glad to think they wouldn't be back although a little sad. They had different ideas though, windows were no obstacle, they gained access via the yet to be doored garage,flew through the basement and up the stairwell two floors to their ridge beam! It seems their natural homes are often caves so this was home from home. I decided to concentrate on the garden so left them to it all summer but next year things will have to change :wink:
    • CommentAuthorpmusgrove
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2013
     
    Swallows will find their own homes. I put up a number of shelves and boxes to encourage them into a barn that they totally ignored preferring instead another building and their own ledges. Same for bats who ignored all the bat boxes and went for roosts in 50mm between slates and pavatherm.
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