Environmentally conscious schoolchildren in Harleston have joined a local campaign aiming to raise interest in safeguarding the town’s swift population.
A group from Harleston Primary School known as the ‘EcoRangers’ have sent out more than 400 letters and questionnaires throughout the town as part of the Swift Action Harleston wildlife preservation project, in order to find out where swifts nest and where new nesting places can be made.
Ian Carstairs, volunteer co-ordinator of Swift Action Harleston, said: “We have been very impressed by the enthusiasm of the EcoRangers to help to improve the fortunes of our swifts and to create a better environment for wildlife and people”,
Students at the town’s Archbishop Sancroft High School are also giving their backing to the project, with Year 8 pupils designing emblems to be printed onto flags for the Harleston’s Flag Force scheme next year.
Head of Art Lisa Molenaar said: “The swifts are Harleston’s free-spirited emblem for people and wildife - our town is their home too and we have a responsibility to them”,