Have you got info on a screeching party?

Do you have ‘lum screamers’ in your neighbourhood? If so the Angus Council ranger service would love to hear from you.

‘Lum screamer’ is the Scottish term for a swift - a fascinating type of bird that visits Scotland from Africa for just over three months each summer.

They tend to be faithful to one nest site and return there year after year but new figures show that there has been a 62% decline in numbers since the mid-1990s.

This is mainly due to a loss of nesting and feeding sites.

The ranger service, in association with the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership, are looking for the location and numbers of birds in these screeching parties, as well as details of where they are nesting, information such as size of screeching party and location plus any nesting locations.

Please contact the rangers at Forfar Loch Country Park, email forfarloch@angus.gov.uk or phone 01307 461118. Alternatively sightings can be recorded at www.taysidebiodiversity.co.uk/getinvolvedprojectswiftsonlinesurvey.asp