Watch the skies! They're back!
are back! It's now early May and our Swifts are here! Watch the skies
for their dashing drama-filled flights! In cold wet weather they will
be feeding over local ponds, flooded gravel pits and reservoirs, but on
fine days they will be high overhead, feasting on flying insects.
have flown from the Congo right around West Africa and across the
Sahara to reach us. Amazing flights of extreme endurance. From Morocco they can, if the weather is good, fly non-stop to the UK. They can do this last lap in an incredible two days.
have come back to us to breed and even though you won't have seen them
fly in, they may now be nesting in your eaves.
Swifts have shared our buildings ever since the Romans
came to Britain. They still breed in our eaves and gables, but won't be for
much longer, as modern and renovated buildings exclude them.
Unless we help them, Swifts will vanish from the UK.
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