Good British sand martin news


This is a video about a sand martin colony in Sweden.

From BirdLife:

From the sands of the Sahara to the sands of CEMEX quarries

Wed, Apr 10, 2013

Sand Martins make an amazing journey every winter from the Sahara to the UK to breed in piles of sand. This year, every CEMEX UK quarry will be creating the sheer banks of sand that Sand Martins love to make their homes in. Sand Martins live in colonies, sometimes with over 100 pairs breeding on a single site.

In addition to the creation of sand banks, CEMEX in partnership with the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK), is launching a Sand Martin awareness campaign with an advice sheet to help quarry site managers accommodate this protected species. CEMEX and the RSPB have put together a management plan to ensure that all 60 quarries have suitable nesting sites available for this year’s imminent return. The quarries will also ensure that the birds are not located close to the main operations and are also inaccessible to predators.

CEMEX’s Rugeley Quarry, near Cannock Chase in the West Midlands has created a suitable environment for the sand martin. Gareth Fenna, CEMEX quarry manager commented “Every year about 200 sand martins come to the site and this year the sand pile is being placed close to Bevin’s Birches, which is a restored area where it will be nice and quiet. I’m sure our sand is as good for the sand martins as that found in the Sahara“.

The UK Sand Martin population has seen a noticeable decline in recent years, possibly due to the droughts in their winter feeding areas. These birds, like the more common Barn Swallows and House Martins, undertake an amazing migration every winter, flying thousands of miles.

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  4. 08-08-2013 | Nieuwe broedwand oeverzwaluwen op Texel

    Nabij de Robbenjager bij de vuurtoren is vrijdag begonnen aan een nieuwe broedwand voor oeverzwaluwen. De broedwand is een initiatief van het Vogelinformatiecentrum Texel.
    Vorig jaar hebben Jaap Groen van Camping de Robbenjager en Marc Plomp van het Vogelinformatiecentrum samen het plan bedacht om de natuur rondom de Robbenjager mooier te maken. Jaren geleden was er al een meertje gegraven en een zanddijk ter bescherming van de camping aangelegd. Die zanddijk zou mooi dienst kunnen doen als basis voor een oeverzwaluwbroedwand. Zo ontstond een klein natuurontwikkelingsplan waarvan de broedwand één onderdeel is.

    ‘Oeverzwaluwen zijn schaarse broedvogels op Texel. Dit jaar waren er broedpaartjes op de nieuwe Golfbaan nabij de Krim, en in de betonnen broedwand in Minkewaal. Deze zwaluwen graven het liefst zelf een nestgang en nestholte in een steile grondwand. Soms kunnen er wel kolonies ontstaan van vele tientallen vogels, maar wij zijn al blij als er komend broedseizoen door enkele exemplaren gebroed gaat worden’, aldus Groen en Plomp.

    Bron: Texelse Courant

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