We’re lucky in SE23 to have a returning swift population every year, but even in the 9 years I’ve been here I’ve noticed it dwindling (except in 2020 when it seemed to be higher than usual).
Given their recent and very concerning move to Red List status on the RSPB’s measurements of how bird populations are faring (we’ve lost over 55% of our swifts since 1995 and Red List status means we’re in danger of totally losing them), I’d like to try to make a small but modest difference and offer 10 nesting boxes to houses with suitable, north-facing locations. I’d pay for the boxes and installation and would try to get in direct contact with those houses which seem most suitable (and on roads where I’ve seen swifts).
What I really need, if anyone knows anyone suitable, is a reliable and trustworthy person with very long ladders, very basic tools (nest boxes are very easy to install, the height is the main difficulty) and some kind of public liability insurance in place in case they accidentally damage a property on installation.
I can try all the usual checkatrade sites etc but given this is a bit of an unusual job spec I just thought if anyone knows anyone suitable for this kind of work, possibly a local and possibly even a bird-friendly local, it might help get this off the ground.
Thanks in advance!