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“We are very lucky to have a breeding population of sand martins at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,” says Tom Bellamy, Biodiversity Manager at the site. “They currently breed in the drainage holes of Stadium Island and in a recent project we improved one of the two sand martin banks that were installed following the 2012 Olympic Games.More projects for The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
We worked with the South Park team to improve the sand martin banks by shortening the nest chamber entrance tubes, which were too long. We packed the tubes and nesting chambers with unwashed sand – the chamber hadn’t been filled following construction, so the sand martins were unable to use the banks.
At idverde, we have a fantastic partnership with the RSPB, and the sand we used in the project was kindly donated by CEMEX, an RSPB partner. “
Hopefully, the sand martins will be able to increase their population numbers now that a new breeding site has been made available,” says Tom. “I will be doing the same project with the North Park team during 2023, to try and get the sand martins to use that side of the park too. All this work on sand martin nesting habitats should make a significant difference to the population across the park.