Swifts action taken on re-roofing project

Swift action has been taken as part of a re-roofing project to ensure a group of birds who return to the same homes in Bridlington every year will have a place to nest when they arrive back in the UK.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 1:15 pm
Andrew Mclean stood outside his home. On the ladder is a joiner from Houlton.

Council houses in Matson Road on the West Hill estate are to benefit from thermal upgrading, including external wall insulation and new windows, as well as re-roofing, if they require it.

This includes two neighbouring properties on Matson Road, where swifts have returned to nests every year, according to the one of the tenants and wildlife fan Andrew Mclean.

Work to fit new guttering and fascia boards on his property and seal the hole where the swifts nested has been completed early by East Riding of Yorkshire Council contractor, Houlton.

The actual re-roofing and external wall works will wait until the swifts have gone again in July/August.

Mr Mclean said: “They are the same birds. They always come back to the same nesting site. It’s amazing how they seem to find the same nest holes. I’m grateful that nest boxes are being fitted for the swifts before they come back in May.”

Cllr Chris Matthews, portfolio holder for strategic property, infrastructure and climate change, said: “It’s good news that the council is trusted to create innovative solutions to provide insulated homes for our residents thereby reducing carbon emissions and at the same time continue to make provision for our welcomed migrating swifts from Africa.”