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Nest survey to help find out why house martin numbers are falling

House martins are summer visitors to Arran. They undertake incredible journeys from south of the Sahara to reach our shores to breed. Their nests can take up to 10 days to build and use over 1,000 beak sized pellets of mud. Many of us marvel at this effort and respect these delightful birds and their nests which are so much a feature of summer on Arran - but for how much longer?

A house martin scavenges for nest building material.
Photo by Brian Cooper
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