Take-Off! A Swift leaves its nest box in Denmark - our fastest bird in level flight!  Photo Inger Lund

Keeping the skies alive!

Swifts are with us for 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.

Contents Page Contents

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Swift Conservation News News

  Local help with private nest box projects Local Experts & Groups



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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 Buy Nest Boxes & Bricks

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 leaflet of available types & 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

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

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

RSPB Swift Nest Site SurveyAdd your local colonies to the
RSPB's Swift Inventory, and help generate valuable information on distribution 

Our next talks about Swifts
for details click on underlined text
30 November 2015  Chateau Royale d'Amboise book here
26 January 2016  Friends of Alexandra Park
book here

24 February 2016  Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve
4 March 2016  
Essex Birdwatching Society
24 March 2016  Brighton RSPB Group
book here
28 April 2016  River Waveney Trust
book here

Our next talks on Urban Biodiversity
for details click on underlined text
27 November 2015 Suffolk Biodiversity Partnership
8 January 2016
Saltholme RSPB Reserve Teeside

Click here to book a talk or presentation Want to book a talk or find out more? Click on the Swift!

The International Swift Seminars 2016 in Szczecin, Poland,  7 to 10 April 2016

Fourth in the biennial series of conferences, and being held at Hotel Nord, ul. Lubieszynska 1, 72-006 Mierzyn-Szczecin, Poland. Contact: Zofia Brzozowska for all information; contact hotel direct for bookings, e-mail recepcja@hotelNORD.pl, tel + 48 506 037 747, tel/fax + 48 91 483 59 65

Swift Surveys - your help is needed - click on the logos (below left and below) to participate

BirdTrack footAdd your Swift sightings to BirdTrack, the on-line tracking system that shows birds' migration, breeding and location patterns


  Please help us help Swifts!

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swift-conservation.org name site texts copyright Edward Mayer 2015 photographs & illustrations copyright as indicated