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Swift action

by Natalie Vincent Mon 10 September 2018, 10:06 am

A new swift calling system has been installed at Walthamstow Wetlands to attract the endangered migratory birds to nest in the 24m Swift Tower.

Image courtesy of Walthamstow Wetlands

As part of the £10.6 million project to open Walthamstow Wetlands to the wider public, the Engine House was restored to include the Swift Tower, a replica of the chimney stack in the original 1894 

This original chimney stack was a prominent industrial feature before being demolished in 1960 after the pumping systems switched from coal to electric power.

The new Swift Tower now rises in its place, and includes 54 specially designed swift bricks where the birds can raise their young during spring and summer.

Paul Douglas, Junior cabinet member for culture, said: "I always enjoy seeing the swifts swoop and plunge over the reservoirs – it is a truly beautiful sight. The swift calling system means that for years to come we will be welcoming families of swifts and their descendants to the wetlands after their long migration."


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