Creation of artificial sand martin Riparia riparia burrows at Kingfishers Bridge, Cambridgeshire, England

  • Published source details Gulickx M.M.C., Beecroft R.C. & Green A.C. (2007) Creation of artificial sand martin Riparia riparia burrows at Kingfishers Bridge, Cambridgeshire, England. Conservation Evidence, 4, 51-53.


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Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

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Bird Conservation
  1. Provide artificial nesting sites for songbirds

    A before-and-after trial at a wetland site in Cambridgeshire, England (Guilickx et al. 2007), found that between eight and 50 pairs of sand martins Riparia riparia (and one pair of common kingfishers Alcedo atthis) nested annually in 130 artificial burrows drilled in a limestone cliff in 1995. No martins nested in 1996 because the burrows were too small. They were enlarged in 1997 (using a high pressure water jet) to include a nest chamber. The cliff is 3 m high and 80 m long and the burrows 5 cm in diameter and 60-90 cm long.


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