Nest Provision in Open Soffit
This is a common situation where Swifts can nest on top of the wall between adjacent rafters. All that is needed is the provision of an entrance and a permeable barrier that keeps birds and insects from entering the main roof space. Points to note include:
1. Entrances are off-centre to give more distance between entrance and nesting place
2. Insect mesh for the back wall also provides ventilation and reduces over-heating - it may be necessary to block the side triangles where these are not already blocked
3. The dimensions of 42mm will give an entrance no more than 30mm deep, to exclude Starlings.
Dimensions of slot chosen to create gap no wider than 30mm.
Example of open soffit space built into Ekin Road flats, Cambridge.
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