The swallow chicks in the nest under the Roof Garden viewing platform fledged successfully in the last week of July. These baby swallows represent the sixth generation of their kind to be born and raised in New Lanark Roof Garden. The Scottish Wildlife Trust identified them as swallows (as opposed to martins or swifts) from the reddish-russet colouring on their throats. An amazing characteristic of these beautiful birds is their ability to feed while on the wing. As they swoop through the air, they hoover up hundreds of midges so they are definitely our friends! Soon even the young ones will be migrating many miles south to Africa for the winter, and with luck will return next spring as soon as the weather begins to warm up again.
Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger