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

Photo Inger Lund

Tragically, we have lost over half our Swifts in just the past 25 years.

Find out here all about these amazing birds, why they matter, and how you can help them.

Though Swifts only spend 3 or 4 months each Summer with us, while they are here they bring spectacular aerial action and excitement to our urban lives! Swifts breed from Ireland to Beijing, from the Mediterranean and the Middle East right up to the Arctic, but sad to say, everywhere they are in decline.

But you can help them, and you can do it personally, all on your own, or with the help of a few friends and neighbours, and if you can do
D I Y, it will cost you very little indeed.

Read on!

Watch the skies! They're back!

Swifts are back! 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.

They 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.

They 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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 1.  Leave existing nest places undisturbed
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23 June  Friends of Barnes Common 6.15pm ZOOM on-line talk
7 July      North Wales WT 6.30pm ZOOM on-line talk
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27 July    Probus Bradford on Avon ZOOM on-line talk
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