The Kingfisher and Sand Martin have lost many of their natural nesting sites where streams and rivers have been diverted, restructured or otherwise 'improved'. Our Nest Tunnel provides a vital nesting opportunity in such places, and also on natural waterways where no suitable sites are available or where apparently suitable banks are too stony or have too many roots. This Tunnel was tested for decades and successfully used in many projects for rebuilding waterways all over Europe. To be…
Iona, Rain Coming Image size: 300 x 225 mm Based on a watercolour painted on location on the Isle of Iona in the rain. This studio painting captures the white sands of this picturesque Scottish island.
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) The smallest of our swallows, the Bank Swallow is usually seen in flocks, flying low over ponds and rivers with quick, fluttery wingbeats. It nests in dense colonies, in holes in dirt or sand banks. Some of these colonies are quite large, and a tall cut bank may be pockmarked with several hundred holes. Despite their small size, tiny bills, and small feet, these swallows generally dig their own nesting burrows, sometimes up to five feet long.
1953 Sand Martin, Bank Swallow or Collared Sand Martin, Riparia riparia Vintage Offset Lithograph