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Some swallows will be disappointed when they return from South Africa in the spring, as their temporary home will be closed up for housing humans.

From research there is no point in bird boxes on trees as 1. they won't use them because:  2 squirrels will get in.

 

I can't find any info on alternative locations, but was thinking perhaps a substantial box fixed to the outside of an outbuilding, with a swallow slot and some shelves inside.

Comments and suggestions please?

 

 

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Swallows are normally looking to fly into some sort of building, then they locate a suitable platform (normally timber beam) to build its nest on which is out of the way of predators – so often high up in the roof area – and also relatively dark and cool in temperature. Their nest is open so a box would be no good and as far as I am aware, they do not like an 'outside' nest.

 

House Martins normally nest under eaves and generally at a gable end of a building. 

 

Swifts traditionally nest in the eaves or gables of buildings. Modern houses and renovated buildings exclude swifts, therefore, putting up a Swift nest box is an easy way to replicate these nesting places. 

 

Is it a condition of your planning to rehouse the swallows?

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On 28/01/2022 at 19:50, jen and mark said:

has an outside box!

Excellent, thanks. Just seen your previous messages.

No planning conditions at all really, we think there must have been a temp handling this application.

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