Alpine and common swifts are protected as building breeders. They spend most of their lives in the air. They are only in Switzerland in the summer to build their nests on buildings, under roofs, in roller shutter boxes or skylights.
“As skilled insect hunters, swifts have an important function with regard to the ecological balance,” wrote the Innerrhoden department for nature and landscape protection in a statement on Tuesday. However, their population in Appenzell Innerrhoden continues to decrease.
In recent years, ARNAL AG, Office for Nature and Landscape, has collected data on existing deposits on behalf of the nature and landscape protection department. The office has now been commissioned to check the development of the population of the common swift in the canton. Information about swift nests on houses and properties can be reported directly to ARNAL AG.
create nesting aids
In contrast to other “house residents” such as martens or sparrows, the swifts cause neither noise pollution nor damage to the building. New buildings, renovations or conversions to buildings offer the opportunity to create nesting aids, as the canton continues. Swifts are not choosy and also accept artificial nesting boxes.
Since they drop into the air from the nest, care should be taken to ensure that the breeding site is high and that there are no buildings or trees obstructing the approach and departure. If work is planned on buildings in which swifts are already breeding, this should be done outside the breeding season, which begins at the beginning of May and ends at the beginning of August.
In the case of permanent changes to buildings where swift broods are affected, the changes should be made in such a way that the breeding sites remain. If this possibility does not exist, substitute nesting options should be provided, as it further states. (SDA)