Keeping the skies alive!

Swifts are with us just three months each Summer, bringing spectacular action, drama and excitement to our city, town and village skies.

These amazing birds have shared our buildings ever since the Romans came to Britain. They still breed in our eaves and gables, but not for much longer, as modern and renovated buildings exclude them.

Unless we do something about it, Swifts will vanish from the UK. Find out here all about Swifts, why they matter, and how you can help them thrive.

Click on the Swifts to see...

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  Projects Page Projects



Swift Conservation News News

  Local help with private nest box projects Local Experts & Groups



See Our Videos! Videos

  See Our Leaflets! Leaflets



D I Y Nestboxes D I Y Nestboxes

  Buy Our Swift Call CD! Swift Call CD's & MP3's



Swift First Aid & Care Swift First Aid   

  Nest Boxes & Bricks Nest Boxes & Bricks to buy

On the left - Take-Off!  A Swift leaves its nest box in Denmark at high speed
Nothing flies like a Swift - our fastest bird in level flight!          
Photo Inger Lund

Architects & Builders
Install some Swift Bricks! New Build? Click here to see how to use ready-made Swift Brick nest places

Need training in Urban Biodiversity techniques?
We provide training for professionals in practical Urban Biodiversity techniques throughout the UK & Europe -
contact Swift Conservation
 for more details

Need advice?
We provide support throughout the UK & Europe - we can design in Swift and other nestboxes into your plans -
contact Swift Conservation

Using Swift Bricks? Download a list of available types and suppliers

Working with Swifts? Follow these rules
 1.  Leave existing nest places undisturbed
 2.  If re-roofing, make new nest access holes to match the
      old ones exactly  
 3.  New build - internal nest spaces are the best
 4.  If you cannot do "3 " above, fit external nest boxes

Seen a crime involving birds or wildlife?
Click here to contact the RSPB's legal team Use this link to contact the RSPB's legal team

Click here to see Birders Against Wildlife Crime Use this link to view the Birders Against Wildlife Crime website
Installing Swift Nest Boxes? See our Shopping Page or...
D-I-Y Swift nest box Click on the Swift to download a DIY Swift nest box pattern

Our next talks for more info click on the talk title

1st July The St Neots Swift Festival - details soon!
17th July The Worlington Swift Festival - details

Click here to book a talk or presentation Click on the Swift to e-mail us your enquiries about talks

The Cambridge International Swift Conference
held on 8th to 10th April was a stunning success!
The Cambridge International Swift Conference proceedings Click on the Swift to download the Summary Proceedings

Swift Conservation News See more about it on our News Page

Swift Surveys - your help is needed
RSPB Swift Nest Site SurveyAdd your sightings to the RSPB's Swift Survey, which is generating valuable information on Swift distribution  - click on the logo to participate

  Please help us help Swifts!

Swift Conservation is grateful to  for its support name site texts copyright Edward Mayer 2015 photographs & illustrations copyright as indicated