The City of Ely Council is pleased to announce that East Cambs District Council has given permission for us to install more swift boxes at the Maltings. Swifts are legally protected and are in decline. Swifts are migratory birds and arrive in the UK around April/May. They stay long enough to breed and are off again in August, back to Africa. They are monogamous, roost on the wing and only land between one breeding season and the next. It is hoped that the new boxes will be installed ready for the breeding season 2019.