Locals In Uproar Over Bird Sculpture
Residents near to a nature reserve in Cambridge have expressed their ire with Cambridge City Council after it spent £35,000 on attracting swifts to the area. In order to attract the birds they spent the money on a 33 feet high red, yellow and orange sculpture made of 200 nestling boxes and even complete with speakers playing birdsong. It has been built at Logan's Meadow, a nature reserve on the outskirts of Cambridge, and is part of a wetland habitat.
Created by artist Andrew Merritt, the aim of the sculpture is to help reverse the declining number of swifts in Britain. The birds come to the UK to breed in mid-May staying only a couple of months before returning to Africa in late July. However, locals are not happy with the amount of money spent on nest boxes for birds in the current difficult economic climate.