Protecting urban birds
These projects are mostly concerned with the protection of breeding sites (usually in buildings) for birds. Species such as Common Swallows, House Martins and Alpine swifts are very sensitive to the restoration of old buildings and the general public has become sometimes intolerant of breeding colonies. A census involving the public was conducted to locate breeding colonies and to promote acceptance and conservation of the colonies. Through the installation of artificial nests, dialogue with residents and financial aid to committed owners, breeding colonies have been saved or even increased in various neighbourhoods. In relation to this project, work is being done at the same time with other species such as kestrels and jackdaws.