Subject: Re: Swallow nests Date: Feb 28 17:52:34 1994 From: David Heyrovsky - HEYROVSK at CSPUNI12.bitnet
If I got the original message properly, the reason people are annoyed by (swallow's) nests is that unfortunately not everybody appreciates the intricate white designs observable under many-a-nest.
The solution I have was already touched in one of the Birdchat responses. (We have similar problems in our country.)
It is not necessary to force the birds to nest elsewhere - it is enough to fix a small platform in a reasonable distance under the nest. All you have to do then is to scrape off the growing stalagmite from time to time. (Now it occurs to me the stuff could be a good fertilizer?)
This solution was also promoted by the Czech Society for Ornithology as a part of the "Bird of the Year 1992" campaign - Barn Swallow was The Bird.
David Heyrovsky heyrovsk at aci.cvut.cz heyrovsk at cspuni12.bitnet Praha, Czech Republic