Friends of Sam Smith Park volunteer Bruce Wilkinson cleans out, repairs and sanitizes Tree Swallow Boxes this past weekend.... just in the nick of time!
As soon as a box was made ready, pairs of swallows would swoop on the box and battle it out for possession. Within minutes, the box would be claimed.
There are about forty boxes in the park at present, most of them beside the gravel path that runs through the "Swallow Field" (immediately east of the yacht club).
Eight new boxes were installed this year. There would have been more but, unfortunately, there has been quite a lot of vandalism this year and some of the new boxes were used to replace those that had been stolen or broken.
Unfortunately, we had to "evict" one rather bewildered field mouse from his winter home!