The swift is one of the most remarkable birds, migrating in their thousands from Africa each year to Europe and never resting once during that journey which can cover thousands of miles.
Now Belfast is hoping to offer these aerial maestros a place to rest at journey’s end where they can nest and breed.
Modern architecture means many buildings don’t have the nooks and crannies favoured by swifts and so nesting boxes have been set up at a number of locations in a bid to attract more of the birds to the city.
Four of the boxes have been placed on the roof of Stormont, but without success so far. Maybe our politicians just don’t inspirethat loving feeling — even among swifts.