Bird Protectors Built a Giant Sandcastle to Ensure These Martins Have a Nesting Home For Years to Come

Conservationists realized they needed more than a bucket and shovel to build a 400-ton sand castle large enough to be an attractive home for sand martins to roost in England.

Sand martins, copyright David Tipling for Surrey Wildlife Trust

To help the tiny birds they needed big machines—and building a sandbank large enough for them to build their nests in required the help of a sand-sculpting firm.

The sand martin The smallest English members of both the martin and the swallow family—the birds were finding fewer and fewer places perfect for boring their nests, as so much development had replaced their previous nesting habitats with infrastructure.

The martins return annually from wintering grounds in sub-Saharan Africa….

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