A HOME BUILDER has teamed up with a wildlife charity to create a special stone that encourages endangered birds to nest.
Research shows that populations of the common swift fell by 58 per cent between 1995 and 2018, with the birds being placed on the UK Red List of Conservation Concerns last year.
David Wilson Homes has launched a new initiative to protect swifts in its developments across the country, including at Ecclesden Park in Angmering.
The home builder has teamed up with RSPB to develop a ‘Swift Brick’, the first custom-made nesting stone for swifts that can be safely built into the fabric of homes.
Due to changes in roof construction, refurbishment of older buildings and demolition of derelict buildings, swift habitats have been lost across the UK.
David Wilson Southern Counties will install a total of 78 Swift Bricks at Ecclesden Park on Water Lane over the life of the site.
A total of 4,000 bricks have been introduced in the homebuilder’s developments in the Southeast since 2016.
A new increased target of 7,000 by the end of 2025 has been announced.
David Thomas, Chief Executive of Barratt Developments said: “Swifts are such important birds and we are delighted with the 4,000 Swifts we have installed to date.
“But we must continue to work hard with the RSPB to give these birds even more homes, which is why we are increasing our goal by an additional 3,000 swift nesting blocks, for a total of about 7,000 to be installed in our homes across the country by 2025.”
The RSPB has also partnered with the Swift Local Network and charity Action for Swifts to develop Swift Mapper – a web and app-based platform that allows anyone to record Swift activity and nest sites.
Records submitted to Swift Mappers help people learn more about the species and target conservation efforts.
Swift Mapper is available for download on the App Store and Google Play Store or can be viewed online.
To find out more about David Wilson Homes visit www.dwh.co.uk or call 0333 355 8499.
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