Guernsey swift numbers in decline

Image caption Mr Froome said many of the island's swifts were to be found in St Peter Port

Islanders are being urged to make homes for Guernsey's declining swift population by a local ornithologist.

Ornithologist Vic Froome, of La Societe Guernesiaise, said the birds had become increasingly rare because of a decline in the number of nesting places.

He said: "Swifts are being pushed out of houses mainly because of insulation."

Mr Froome said the birds do not take up a lot of room and simple steps could be taken to give them a place to stay.

He said: "These swifts are tiny creatures ...They do not fill up your roof space with dirt, with muck, with anything."

The birds annually migrate to the British Isles around the end of April and stay only long enough to breed before returning to Africa in late July.

Mr Froome said people could encourage and assist swifts by building nest boxes in their homes.

He added that many of the island's swifts were to be found in St Peter Port, and likened the town to "manmade cliffs."

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