Home from Home for Sand Martins
Sand Martins like to nest near water as insects flying over the surface provide a ready source of food, they can often be seen from the viewing platform feeding over Thrupp Lake. They are summer visitors and are among the earliest spring arrivals. They can arrive as early as late March and start their return journey to Africa in August. They nest in colonies, favouring sandy cliffs, riverbanks and old quarries where they dig tunnels up to a metre long in which to build their nests.
Very many thanks are due to Tuckwells for their kindness in making it possible for us to visit and for providing access to their facilities. It's very encouraging to see an example of how business can help wild life and the environment, especially when they derive no benefit from their efforts.