Ground Control and JLL Supports Making Edinburgh A Swift Sanctuary
The swift is a medium-sized aerial bird, a superb flier, and spends at least ten months of the year flying non-stop. They eat, bathe, mate and even sleep on the wing! The other two months of the year, they nest and care for their chicks. Their return home at the start of May marks summer's coming, and they are regarded as a symbol of hope. Sadly, swift birds are in decline because of extreme weather conditions, and one of the biggest challenges that swifts face is the loss of nesting sites. Swifts often nest in the roof spaces of buildings, with pairs faithfully returning year after year to use the same nest site. Unfortunately, nesting sites in older buildings are often blocked off during renovation work or lost when demolished.
Ground Control is supporting the Edinburgh Swift City Project and installed five nesting boxes in redundant chimney stacks.
Jack Creswell, Facilities Manager JLL
Simon Breustedt, Contract Manager, Ground Control