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Isle of Wight conservation efforts receive boost

Thu 26 Apr 2012

Isle of Wight conservation efforts receive boost

Efforts to increase bird numbers on the Isle of Wight have received a boost after Natural Enterprise got involved with the project.

The scheme aims to help the number of swifts residing on the island to rise in the coming months by making the location more hospitable for them.

As part of its Gift to Nature conservation project, a team is going to identify some hotspots of swift activity on the island, reports the Isle of Wight County Press.

Gift to Nature representative Samantha Buck said: "We will use this information to conserve nest sites and decide where we need to create new sites by using special nest boxes on existing buildings and swift-friendly designs in new buildings and redevelopments."

The unspoiled nature of the Isle of Wight means it is something of a haven for many types of birds and a lot of work is done to make the island as comfortable for them as possible.

Many bird-watchers book Isle of Wight holidays every years in order to come and see the different species for themselves and the Gift for Nature scheme could encourage more to do so in the coming months.

All breeding sites for swifts are important and Gift for Nature suggests they could include schools, churches, libraries, village halls and sports centres across the island.

Over the course of the last two decades, the number of swifts living in the south of England has been halved and the conservation work is aiming to reserve this trend.

According to Island Breaks, the lesser-spotted woodpecker, cormorants, long-eared owls, nightjacks, shags and gulls are among the species of bird that can be spotted on the island.

St Catherines Point, which is situated at the southern extremity of the Isle of Wight, was singled out as one of the best places for bird-watchers to spot the creatures.

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