This week is Swift Awareness Week and on Saturday 23 June Rhayader by Nature will have a Swift table outside The Arches in East Street (opposite the Spar) from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. There will be Swift nesting boxes to see and handle and information about Swifts to take away. A lot can be done to help our Swifts find safe nesting places and by acting together we can ensure they will always have a place in our town.
In the evening, 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m., there will be an escorted short walk from Rhayader’s town clock to St Bride’s Church and back to see Swifts and view the places favoured by them for nesting. Swifts arrive in Rhayader during early May and depart for Africa during July – all are usually gone by the first week of August. While with us they favour the roof spaces of buildings for nesting and spend our autumn, winter and early spring months in Africa.
Swifts add great atmosphere to a summer evening in Rhayader town with their group flights low over the buildings and high pitched whistling calls. They have been nesting in Rhayader for a few hundred years at least and the town just wouldn’t be the same without them.
See you on Saturday.