Harleston Town Council, its officers and contractors are to be warmly commended for their commitment to the environment.
Earlier in the summer re-roofing works for Harleston Leisure Centre were halted for several months to protect nesting swifts. Now the new work is being carefully carried out to include new nest boxes and special tiles to help ensure the swifts’ homes are protected.
Once the swifts leave after nesting they don’t land again until next year and sometimes later before the young birds touch down again at the places where they hatched, that’s why it’s so important to look after the precise locations of the nests.
With so many traditional nest sites being lost as roofs are renewed, the town council has set a wonderful example to help these extraordinary birds, whose numbers are declining dramatically.
It’s so easy to take the simple route and re-roof without regard for the swifts. How refreshing that the town council has not done that, but continued to put the future well-being of the birds before its own proposals. They have set a fine example which we hope others will follow.
Carol Wiles, Station Road, Harleston
David Fogg, London Road, Harleston
Ian Carstairs, The Common, Harleston