Sand Martins on Pomona

Photo: Pomona, the site of a large Sand Martin colony

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The Sand Martin is a hirundine, the collective name for all Swallows and Martins, with brown upper parts and neck collar and white underparts, and its’ resemblance to a Swallow gives it the alternative name Bank Swallow

Pomona is a very important site for this colonial nesting species that migrates every year from its’ African wintering grounds, a spectacular journey!

In the region of 100 pairs have been counted in all years from 2008 to 2015, with numbers stable or increasing every year, making this a very significant site at a local, national and international level

It is a unique site to see these birds nesting in the old dock walls, a true example of nature taking over from industry

Sand Martins and their nests are fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

The Pomona Sand Martins feed on insects, caught on the wing over the Ship Canal, and they also visit the Weaste Sewage Works to feed on insects amongst huge numbers of Swifts, Swallows and House Martins

Sand Martins and Little Ringed Plovers are the earliest summer visitors to arrive in the UK in March, so these species are often viewed as the heralds of Spring

Watching these acrobatic birds flying in and out of their nests is one of the highlights of the Salford Docklands Spring Birdwatching Cruises that are becoming very popular with birdwatchers and tourists

Sand Martins have high levels of legal protection and the presence of this colony should be conserved and treasured, we are truly blessed to have a colony of these beautiful birds on Pomona

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