Swift work at Northenden

Northenden Golf Club will be looking to their members to speed up play as they aim to welcome the arrival of swifts to the club in the coming season!
The club have installed brand-new accommodation at the club for the summer visitors under the inspiration of club member John Dwyer.
Former Lady Captain Hazel Foster said: “John is a member of the South Manchester Swifts Society and he has worked tirelessly on the project and the club is delighted that their building is suitable for encouraging the swifts to nest.

Andy, John and Danny

“The whole project is not costing the club a penny, as all of the money has been raised from friends, family and club members.
“It involves the installation by scaffold tower of two large hand-made fibre-glass units containing eight nesting chambers which cost over £200 each and an electronic calling system to attract the birds.
“We are all grateful to John for all his hard work and enthusiasm and now wait hopefully to see them in use.”
John added some facts re swifts: “They have been around for 60 million years, long before humans evolved.
“They are now on the red endangered species, one reason being the shortage of nesting sites.
“This is because they don’t build nests, as other birds do but rely on finding holes in buildings, which are few and far between in modern housing.
“They are unique in the bird world. As they live on the wing, they eat, drink, sleep and mate.
“They return to the UK from Africa in April, flying around 6,000 miles, for just three months and over their lifetime it is estimated that can fly around 250,000 miles.
“We hope the South Manchester swifts will be attracted by our calling system and will find and use our boxes on their return- fingers crossed!”

Men at work

Copy and images: Geoff Garnett

Share This Post

More To Explore


Cole’s Magnificent Seven

Cole Parkinson and his twin brother Luke have been constant features at their beloved club Reddish Vale and Cheshire Boys for several years with plenty of success along the way.They


Successful trip to Newcastle for Cheshire men

Cheshire players and officials endured some very wet and windy weather at Newcastle United Golf Club in their latest Northern Counties League match against Northumberland.The morning foursomes saw the home


Callum making his mark at Wilmslow

Wilmslow course manager Callum Goodhind and his team have made great progress in their aim of ‘Getting the Course back on the map’ and improving its national ranking with a


Matt Dixon arrives at Astbury

Astbury Golf Club are frequent and excellent hosts for CUGC competitions and they are delighted to welcome Matthew Dixon (pictured) as their new Head PGA Golf Professional. Matthew, or Matt