CJW Swallow Nest Bowl
A Swallow Nest Bowl by CJ Wildlife. A purpose made, easy to install, nesting place for Swallows.
The nest is made of woodcrete to best replicate their nests and therefore encourage these gorgeous summer visitors to stay and breed each season.READ MORE
Get ready for the arrival of Swallows in Spring by placing these little nest bowls in an enclosed or sheltered area like an outbuilding or under high eaves.
Swallows love to use an open nest, preferably in large open buildings, which allow easy access through doors or windows. They are amazing birds who head from the UK to the southern tip of Africa for the winter, an incredible journey, and they return to the UK in late March/early April.
Their first priority is finding a nesting place but, with the demolishing of old buildings and conversion of farm barns, it has become increasingly hard for them to find safe nesting sites. By installing these nesting bowls you will be helping them survive their first weeks of breeding. Made of moulded grey woodcrete this nest is attached to a plywood backboard.
Measures: 20cm W x 12cm H x 11cm D. Dia. of nest 17.5cm.
Here at Flyte so Fancy, our swallows usually arrive at the end of March and find so many places to nest; in and around our garden, outbuildings and workshop. When they first arrive they swoop at lightning speed around our willow tree and we love to see them happy to be home. For the past few years we have counted 8 different nests here and they have managed at least two broods a year.
We all thoroughly enjoy watching and waiting for the first brood to take to wing, their joyous chatter and play in flight is wonderful to behold.
Swallow fact file:
- Conservation status: Amber.
- Clutch size: 4 - 6.
- Broods annually: 1 - 2.
- Incubation: 10-18 days.
- Diet: Invertebrates, flying insects caught exclusively in flight. They can reach a top speed of 35mph in flight.
- Habitat: Villages and farmland around wetlands, rivers and lakes with nearby barns or buildings.
- When to see them: Arrive in the UK in late March, migrate to southern Africa in September.
- Identification: Long forked tail and red neck (males tails longer than females), glossy blue-black upper parts and white underbelly.
- Behaviour: Spend most of their time on the wing, acrobatically swooping and turning often at very low level.
- Nesting: They can return to a previous year's nest and last year's young will build near to where they were born. They build new nests from straw, twigs and damp mud (a nearby pond or puddle is essential). Parent birds are monogamous and will defend their nests fiercely.
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