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House martins

Was having a quick tidy up in the garden yesterday and noticed a pair of house martins building a nest in my outhouse, very pleased about this only got the house last year and the garden was in a poor state but with some work i have managed to get it alot nicer and hope to make more progress over the summer, been rewarded with my first proper wildlife in the garden very beautiful birds.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,996

    How lovely. You've started well with your wildlife garden

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    House Martins are such cheerful little birds,our neighbours used to get them under their eaves and I can still remember them knocking the nests down because of the 'mess' they made.Its hardly surprising we don't get on with them (neighbours)

  • richi89richi89 Posts: 12
    Well i certainly wont be knocking there nests down, more wildlife the better for me, hopefully try and get some photos up soon
  • Sounds good - send us a picture richi

  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 7,715

    Wait till the babies emerge - you'll really enjoy hearing them chattering away while they wait to be fed.


    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,046

    We get huge numbers of house martins and swallows too, lots of nest sites on the house and garage.  I do tend to moan about the mess, but its always the saddest day of the year when they leave us.  

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Yours neighbours sound horrible Fishy as knocking the the HM nests down is illegal.  Perhaps it's a good thing they choose not to nest there any more.  You are so lucky Richi and a1154 to have them nesting.  We used to have a row of nests several years ago that they returned to each year, but sadly although house martins are flying around the village, none seem to come to us anymore.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Watching House Martins nesting under the eaves of our house is one of my fondest childhood memories. The way they swooped in to feed the clamouring chicks and the persistence in their nest building filled me with awe. Although they do not nest under my eaves, I still see them at a neighbouring house and love each and every time each years when they return.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,996

    Swallows have been investigating our buildings today. Sheds, woodstore and two bedrooms. I'm not having them nesting in the bedrooms so they can rethink that one

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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