Summer 2016 has seen the launch of the Heathfield Swifts project. The Eco Team, the DT Department and the Site Staff have combined to install 12 Swift nesting boxes on the Humanities Block.
Swifts are fascinating birds that spend much of their life on the wing, including an annual migration to Africa and back. They eat, sleep, bathe, mate and catch nesting materials whilst flying. Their aerial existence is unique and fascinating; it was estimated that an eighteen year-old swift discovered dying in 1964 had travelled 4 million miles in its lifetime. This equates to travelling to the moon and back 8 times.
Building modernisation has meant that swift numbers are declining as nest sites disappear. At Heathfield we hope to lend the swift a helping hand by creating new nest sites. Follow our Swifts@Heathfield blog to find out more about these amazing birds and how our project develops. Given their short three-month stay in our country we are doing everything we can to attract local swifts to our new nesting colony.