Swift Nestboxes, Towers, Attraction Calls, Artworks .....   All you need!

Use this page to locate attraction calls, artworks, and instruction materials as well as a wide range of nest boxes and nest bricks for setting up Swift colonies.  
Using the Swift calls CD / MP3 will greatly increase your chance of getting a colony going. Please note, while we have experience of some of the products featured, and have found them to be of good quality, we have yet to try out others, so you need to assure yourself that they are going to do the job you want.

Swift Calls on CD

Swift Conservation's Calls CD + Instructions

Swift Conservation's Swift Calls CD

Help Swift Conservation -
every CD & MP3 sold keeps us going!

These calls of nesting Swifts Apus apus recorded at Ulrich Tigges' Berlin Swift Colony should bring in Swifts to check out your nest places. Included are the "upper tones" emitted at 12-13 kHz. The CD has ten tracks, runs for about an hour & we also include a free car window badge!

"The Swift calls CD which we used 2 years ago has worked a treat. Last year the Swifts established their nest-territory; this year they took up residence in earnest. Thank you!" 

Delivery can take up to 14 days
We only supply this CD within the breeding range of the Swift Apus apus

Price by Destination - check your region for the correct price!


Swift Calls in MP3 format

For a tried and tested Swift Calls recording
to use with MP3 players
and SD card players / amplifiers

Swift Conservation's Calls MP3 + Instructions
To receive the download (an approximately 8 minute track) press the "Buy Now" button below. Orders will be fulfilled by e-mail with the MP3 file and full instructions attached
Available from us by e-mail for just £2.00 GBP
Delivery can take up to 14 days
We only supply this MP3 within the breeding range of the Swift Apus apus

Swift Artworks


Swifts and Swallows by Alison Ingram
shown flying over the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire

Limited Edition Giclee Prints from an original oil painting by Alison Ingram
Her unique interpretations of wildlife use bold colour and design to create movement and drama

Large print on paper - image size 20" x 10" Edition of 350  £95 GBP
Small print on paper - image size 12" x 6"   Edition of 350  £45 GBP
UK postage is included

All prints are signed and numbered and come with a certificate of authenticity

Order your print by clicking
Please mention Swift Conservation in the "Note to Seller" box when you make your order

A donation will be made to Swift Conservation for each sale via our website

Devil Birds DVD


Derek Bromhall's famous film on Swifts on DVD Just £10!
This iconic study of the world famous Oxford Natural History Museum’s Swift colony was filmed using pioneering techniques over two summers. These observations of the hidden lifestyle of this amazing bird remain unrivalled.

This film gives a valuable insight that’s greatly needed to help further their conservation. This re-mastered DVD version is being sold to both fascinate and educate.

£10 each - Profits will be used for Swift conservation and rehabilitation.

 French-language version now available £10 + postage 

To e-mail an order click on this Swift  Click to Order this DVD!  Remember to add your address! 



"Designing for Biodiversity"
RIBA Publishing - Bat Conservation Trust
A technical guide for new and existing buildings
Kelly Gunnell, Brian Murphy and Dr Carol Williams

ISBN 9781859464915

Practical authoritative guidance and professional architects' drawings form the basis of this fully revised and invaluable work on how to accommodate the essential co-domestic species, Swifts included, in new buildings. In today's environment no architect or developer can afford to be without a copy.
Order your copy from the RIBA Bookshop for £35.00 - click here
Click to Order this Book! 

NEW!!! Swift Conservation / Habi-Sabi

Swift & Bat Column

development funded by the  rspb logo

Swift & Bat Column

Designed by award-winning 51% Architects from an idea of Edward Mayer, head of Swift Conservation, with financial support from the RSPB, these towers are manufactured to provide a high-quality, long-lasting product, that can be delivered to any site in the UK or Europe with ease.

Designed to mimic tree hole nest sites used by Swifts in some parts of Scotland, Scandinavia and Poland, these columns are also designed to merge imperceptibly into the modern urban and industrial environment with its plentiful use of street lighting poles, mobile-phone masts, road signs and CCTV columns.

The columns are fitted with automatic Swift call playing equipment to attract the birds to the 8 internal nest places. Ample roosting space for small Bats is provided in the base of the Swift nesting area. Erecting the Column is by the same method as for a standard street light.

The illustration above shows two Columns imagined within the 2012 Olympic Park, an ideal site. The first Column is being put up outside Stratford Railway Station in East London. The cost is around £4500 delivered, plus VAT.


Ready-made steel & plywood Swift & Bat Columns made in the UK

Swift & Bat Column Poster

For full information & orders please contact:

Cathi, Peter or Matt
51% Architecture
1a Cobham Mews
0044 (0) 2033 551205

John Stimpson's
     Low-cost Swift Nestboxes

Low cost UK-made plywood Swift Nest Boxes
Almost 11,000 sold!*
Two models available:
Plywood Zeist £13.00 & UPVC/Plywood Heat and Rain resistant Model 30 £15.00 plus p&p

John Stimpson makes proven (see photo on the left with a Swift chick visible in the box) plywood nestboxes for use under eaves and on walls.

He supplies two models: one for under eaves (illustrated left in use) and one with an angled waterproof insulated heat-resistant white upvc roof for use on open walls, supplied as a self-assembly flatpack (illustrated in situ left below).

The entry hole size should exclude Starlings.

Add a MDF nest form (lower right) for £1-00 plus postage - this simple device has been shown to speed take-up time by nesting Swifts by a year!

Both are obtainable from John Stimpson on
01353 740451
or by e-mail (
click here )

including 18 to a site in the South of France where most of them are now occupied and others to sites along the Loire Valley!



The RSPB's
     solid wood Swift Nestbox

Low cost UK-made wood Swift Nest Box £29.99 + p&p

This solid wood nest box ref no: R402646 can be purchased from the RSPB's
online shop  and by calling 0845 1 200 501

Width 46 cm  Depth 18 cm  Height 19.5 cm

This Swift nest box is made from FSC certified softwood, and is a unique design for the RSPB. The entry hole measures 55 mm x 32 mm and is set at one end of the nest box. The easy-access panel on the front makes inspection simple. Fixing screws not included.

Standard delivery to the UK and Channel Islands is £3.95p.
Delivery is 
FREE if your order sub-total is £75.00 or more.
Next working day delivery is available for in-stock items ordered before 1500 to UK addresses - £5.95p
Choose the day delivery is available for in-stock items to UK addresses - £5.95p

UK made GRP moulded Swift Nest Boxes

Rot-proof nest boxes guaranteed for 25 years use
olony box sizes and their prices

1 single nest box £50-00
2 nest box £90-00
4 nest box (as per photogragh) £160-00
Canopy for 4 nest box (as per photograph) £60-00
6 nest box £220-00
8 nest box £260-00

Prices are ex-workshop in Wrexham - Carriage extra
20% Deposit required, balance on collection or before delivery
Enquiries as below:

Telephone  0755 438 5878
Len Haworth, 25 High Street, Brymbo, Wrexham, North Wales, LL11 5BL, UK

Download the Factsheet here: Back to Contents

Material = 3 layers of 600gram/m2 chop strand mat saturated in polyester resin. Each nesting apartment dimensions = 300mm l; 200mm w; 200mm h.
One elliptical nesting tray per apartment; 210mm x 165mm exterior size and 145mm x 100mm interior size with 75 degree sloping sides
Elliptical entrance hole dimensions 60mm x 30mm

Canopies (illustrated below with box) are available for hot or stormy situations - a canopy provides not just extra protection but shelter for invertebrates, lizards, geckos and maybe bats & small birds too

grp nestbox protective canopy 

Filcris Ltd


UK-made Swift Nest Boxes made from long-lasting recycled plastic plank - available assembled or as flat-packs

Filcris Recycled Materials Ltd. make plastic nestboxes, amongst them the new "Cambourne" pattern for use in exposed locations. The hole sizes should exclude Starlings and the plywood floor lining should absorb any excess moisture.
The boxes cost from £42.00 (flat pack) to £53.40 (assembled) including VAT and can be obtained from
Filcris Ltd. The Old Fire Station, Broadway, Bourn, Cambridge CB23 2TA
01954 718327    e-mail:   web:
 Filcris will also make up bespoke designs for special situations - ask them for details.

flat pack boxes

A double nest place prefabricated Swift nest box
that arrives flat packed and is easily assembled

Made from recycled foam insulation board, the box weights about 5 kg. E
xternal dimensions when assembled are 73cm long x 22cm wide x 24cm deep. The base plate is reversible, so you may fit the entrance holes outward or wall facing. Each entrance hole  is 65 x 32mm. The box is designed to be fixed directly to an exterior wall. We suggest you seal all joints and lugs with exterior-type "Gripfill" adhesive when assembling to assure the box stays weather-proof in exposed locations. Boxes are shipped flatpack in a double wall recycled cardboard box ( 75 x 27 x 6cm ). Each comes with an assembly manual.

Habi-Sabi also provide a bat box, and three sizes of single bird boxes suitable for a variety of smaller birds such as starlings, redstarts, tits, sparrows & wrens.

Enquiries should be made to


See the web site!

This camera-ready box costs £59.95 including VAT
GN Cedar Swift Box (camera ready)

Gardenature Ltd

801 Fowler Road
Oakwood Business Park North
Clacton on Sea
Essex CO15 4AA

Phone: 01255 514451  e-mail


Long-lasting wooden Swift Nest Boxes
made from 21mm Redwood Cedar & Marine Plywood
Entrance hole: 55 x 32mm. Box measurements Length: 460mm Depth: 180mm Width: 180mm. The front panel can be completely removed for easy access, the roof has a slight incline to quickly disperse water and there are two drain holes in the nestbox floor.
This camera-ready (install your own cctv camera) nest  box costs £59.95 including VAT

High Resolution B&W, Audio and Night Vision CCTV Camera can be installed in this box Please let Gardenature know if you wish to order the box with a built in camera system, both wired and radio-linked types are available

Swift Box with wired camera:

Swift Box with Wireless camera:

Please follow this link to see the 13 different Swift boxes that Gardenature offer

Schwegler Swift nestboxes are also supplied - ask for details and prices

Gardenature Ltd. also make Swift boxes to fit your requirements - ask for details

Mention Swift Conservation when you order for a 10% discount! 

Manthorpe  - more information Download the Product Information Sheet

Manthorpe  - more information Download the Information Flyer

Manthorpe  - more information Download the Fitting Instructions

The Manthorpe Swift Brick has been developed for Manthorpe Building Products and the RSPB by Dick Newell of Action for Swifts, to provide a simple easily installed nest box that lets Swifts nest within the walls of modern houses. This nest box takes the place of just a single brick.

  • Low cost - from about £15.00 each
  • Coloured face blends in with surrounding brickwork
  • Simple to install, can be fitted quickly during bricklaying
  • Integral nest concave provides ideal point for nest building
  • 29 x 65 mm opening leads into the entry tunnel
  • 413 cm2 floor gives maximum habitable living space within the wall
  • A built-in cavity tray protects against water ingress 
  • Nest area has integral drainage to keep it dry

Integral Swift Bricks


Above: a Bird Brick Houses Swift brick is shown on its own, and inserted into the eaves of a building, where it is exceptionally discreet.


This is a moulded plastic box that is faced with brick and inserted into a wall. During manufacture slips of matching brick are bonded to the front plate, enabling the box to blend in with the host wall.

The model on the left is designed specifically for Swifts. O
ther box designs are available, housing small to medium sized birds (including Alpine Swift for European users) and most of the UK’s bat species.

The Bird Brick House fits into the outside skin of most 75mm brickwork courses and only protrudes 25mm (Swift box or 65mm) into the cavity. At the bottom there are two drainage holes that allow moisture to drain into the wall cavity.

Bird Brick Houses, Willow Cottage, Harebeating Lane,
Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1EP
Mobile : 07415 067051  Land line: 01323 849322
e-mail :
Web site:  

These were used by Swifts at the new Public Library
in Antrim in Summer 2013!

UK-made Swift Nest Brick "Eco Habitat for Swifts"
Discrete and attractive terracotta box ideal for new and restored buildings
under eaves or in high walls - Terracotta & recycled plastic plank
Available in smooth red, blue & cream
Size 326mm x 140mm x 140mm
Product code UNQ.SWIFT01 £POA
Made to order - takes 10 to 14 days
sales 0844 800 4575
design advice 0844 800 4576
technical services 0844 800 4577
literature and samples 0844 800 4578

Ibstock Brick Ltd. Cattybrook Sales Office
Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4BX

Suppliers of
Schwegler Swift Nest Boxes & Swift Bricks
& many other models too

Schwegler's Concise Catalogue Access the concise Schwegler catalogue here

NHBS CatalogueOrder the full NHBS Catalogue here

NHBS    Phone - 01803 865913
mail        NHBS, 2-3 Wills Road, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5XN UK

The Schwegler Swift Brick 

Concrete Swift Brick (No 25)

Ideal for new-build sites, also useful for replacing lost nest-places in existing buildings, they are fitted into brick, stone or block-work walls, and may be painted to match the wall or faced with plaster or pebble dash to match the existing finish.

265mm wide x 220mm deep x 180mm high £POA 

Lightweight Swift Box Type 1A

The lightweight nesting box is ideal for inclusion in insulation systems on exterior walls. The protruding, righ-shaped entrance enables the box to be easily installed flush with the wall surface, leaving only the entrance visible within the plastered wall finish.

The design makes nest-checking easier for the birds, even if the external wall presents a smooth surface, as they can cling to the exposed lip. No aperture for cleaning is provided  because this is not necessary if the box is occupied by Swifts.

Features:  No cleaning required - Ideal for Swifts - Constructed with breathable Woodcrete™- Backed by a 25 year guarantee

Dimensions: W 340mm x H 135mm x D 150mm (plus 17mm for the protruding entrance ring)

Weight: 2.7kg approx.

Schwegler Model 604 front 

Schwegler Model 604 interiorDelta Box (No 604)

Designed for use inside eaves, on parapets or balconies, anywhere it will be undisturbed. Can be fitted internally with an anti-Starling entrance tunnel. £POA

Schwegler Double Chamber Nestbox 

Single & Double Louvre boxes (Nos 16 & 1MF)

Designed to mimic bell-tower louvres, these are for fixing on or within exterior walls, towers and spires.
Single: 240mm high x 430mm wide x 225mm deep £POA
Double: 460mm high x 430mm wide x 225mm deep £POA

The photo shows the Double Chamber version model 1MF in use on Camden Town Hall at King's Cross.

 Schwegler Eaves Boxes

Eaves Nest Boxes (Nos 17 & 18)

For fitting beneath eaves on domestic houses or any building with sufficiently high and wide eaves
No 17 (on the left) 152mm high x 340mm wide x 150mm deep £POA
No 18 (on the right) 210mm high x 552mm wide x 210mm deep £POA

The photo shows six Swift nest boxes in place on the Bugs House at London Zoo, Regent's Park.


Plastic nest boxes for installation in retro-insulated walls - made in the Czech Republic

Designed for use together with insulation "bats" applied to external walls, and then plastered over to give a smooth finish, these innovative lightweight weatherproof boxes are capable of being fitted under eaves too, and they provide snug nesting space at very low cost.

UK models are fitted with an inner plywood floor lining and a Starling resistant entrance.

We are investigating the possibility of making a flat fronted box of the same material for flush-fitting - we hope to have some news of this soon.


For further information and to place orders:
Please contact: Richard Andel  Marketing Consultant  Elis-Plast spol. s.r.o. 


Link to CJ Wildlife
Vivara Pro


WoodStone ® Built-in Swift Boxes and Bricks

Code 90068
Price: £24.95  G
uaranteed 10 years
Dimensions Width 33cm x Height 19cm x Depth 16cm
Material - Cement and wood fibre mix
Sales: Telephone: 0800 731 2820

Left: Made from a cement and wood fibre mixture this nest-brick is intended for insertion into walls at five metres or above from ground level, in an area providing clear air-space. This box can be opened for occasional cleaning and/or checking in winter.

Link To CJ Wildlife
Vivara Pro

Code 90060   Price: £24.95  Guaranteed 10 years
Dimensions Width 31cm x Height 17cm x Depth 17cm
Material - Cement and wood fibre mix
Sales: Telephone: 0800 731 2820

Left: Made from a cement and wood fibre mixture this nest-brick is intended for insertion into walls at five metres or above from ground level, in an area providing clear air-space. This box once fitted requires no further maintenance, and may be plastered over, leaving only the entrance hole visible.

Two of CJ Wildlife's other swift nest boxes and bricks are below:
Above left: Code 90738 for fitting under eaves £29.95
Above right: Code 90059 for fitting behind walls leaving a 30mm x 75mm slot for Swifts' access £24.95



 Nest Box CCTV Systems from

"Spy Camera CCTV"
                                        cctv kit

Spy Camera CCTV
0117 325 2470
Open 24 Seven Limited
Unit 3 Netham View Industrial Park
Netham Road

Visit the link above to see a good selection of cameras and associated equipment designed for use in bird nest boxes - the web site holds a lot of useful information and
you can phone them for more.

Check Voucher Codes online for the possibility of discounts.



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