Letters: Diane Norman, July 8, 2016

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What a great pity that Malcolm Cox, in his article on swifts (July 1), made no mention at all about the dramatic decline of the UK swift population, which has declined by 42 per cent since 1995, and some experts believe it could be more. This has now made them an amber-listed species, on the list of Birds of Conservation Concern.

Their nesting sites have been lost due to our tendency to seal up buildings during renovation or knock them down. Swifts are returning to discover their nest site has gone or access is blocked.

There is need to work with planners, developers and local authorities and businesses to protect and provide nest sites for swifts. Some areas of the country have already done this with success. It would be wonderful, with all the new development that is taking place around Lynn, if swift nesting sites could be installed. If we carry on ignoring what is happening, this wonderful magical bird, that arrives from Central Africa to tell us that our summer has arrived, will be no more.

Diane Norman,

Leverington