Outlook Issue 20 Winter 2015
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Jessica in Japan
6 some good news: SCDC had recommended swift nest-boxes for buildings on Whisstocks site by the harbour and the developers had agreed. This summer we asked for information about swifts, and received responses from 35 observers in the Woodbridge area. We now know of at least 10 nesting sites, some in roofs and some in boxes. This year swifts appeared in Woodbridge around the first week of May and had disappeared by August 6. The birds were flying in small groups early in the season. The larger groups, of up to 30 birds, come in July, when the young join the dramatic evening flights. The groups of up to 80 around the end of July are probably migratory groups flying south to Africa. We can now move forward in three ways. We need to work closely with home owners, builders and developers to remind them that swifts need access to roof spaces for nesting. Swifts are clean and non-intrusive guests. We also need to publicise nest-boxes. They are a possible alternative. Finally, we should work with SCDC to encourage planners to make provision for swifts. Further details available on: www.rspb.org.uk/groups/woodbridge or email woodbridge-swifts2015@outlook.com Jenny James Swift Survey, RSPB Woodbridge How to create a home for swifts The RSPB’s excellent website provides lots of other ideas on helping a variety of birds to survive and thrive (see also p.19), including a bird box for swifts: https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/makeahomeforwildlife/givenatureahomeinyourgard en/gardenactivities/createahighhomeforswifts/ Parish Pump Jessica in Japan This year I was given the opportunity to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan as an International Service Team member. I knew on arrival that the event would be something I would never forget. The opening ceremony was huge! Thousands of people from all over the world gathered on a field eagerly awaiting the start of the Jamboree. We even saw the Prince of Japan! After IST training, it was time to start our jobs. I was working in the culture module on the