For at least two years I've had a pair of swifts nesting under the eaves of my home. I'm simply amazed at their ability to fly at speed into a vertical slot no more than 4cm deep. Once in the nest they are silent. At some point in time I'd like to clad the front of my home and this would displace the nesting pair. Advice please.
if you did the work after the birds had started their trip to wintering grounds maybe you could put up artificial boxes for their return next year
Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can
From what I understand about swifts, they can be VERY picky about their nest sites and are very easily put off........ So even if you did put up a swift nest box for them, you may run the very real risk of them abandoning the site for good.
Is there anyway that you could leave a gap in the cladding so that the swifts can continue to access their nest? As the entrances are usually very high up under the eaves, they are not normally points where rain can penetrate.
As you can probably tell, whilst I only know a little about swifts, I know absolutely nothing about cladding..........