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Aves, 55/3 | 2018 | 101-123

  Practical measures for the preservation of the Common Swift Apus apus in Wallonia and Brussels
Martine Wauters

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The cracks and holes in the walls of buildings are used as breeding places by various species of bird, notably the Common Swift, and also by some species of bats. But these habitats tend to be little known and they are now under threat from today's methods of building construction and renovation. Since 2010 the «Martinets» (Swifts) Working Group has been trying to make these habitats better known, to protect and to develop them. The present article describes various types of work towards these objectives that have been achieved in Brussels and in Wallonia. While the primary objective is the Common Swift, other urban hole-nesting species have also benefitted.