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

Photo Inger Lund


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!


 They're over
        the Congo!


Our Swifts left us at the end of Summer to head South. A couple of days flight took them over Spain, then they flew down the coast over Morocco and Mali and then through West Africa to reach the Congo in September, where they spend most of the Winter, except for a period over Christmas over Malawi and Mozambique, East Africa.

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

Unless we help them, Swifts will vanish from the UK. Find out here all about these amazing birds, why they matter, and how you can help them.

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Swift Bricks Leaflet  Build for Swifts! Download our leaflet all about Swift Bricks!

Swift Bricks Leaflet  The Universal Swift Brick   -  new leaflet -  ideal for Swifts and small birds!


Builders!
are you working at a Swift nest site?
Follow this guidance

 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



Need advice?  - 
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We provide support throughout the UK & Europe

Wildbird Law - for the detail click here

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Online talks - Book one now!
Reduced fees and no travel expenses:   Enquiries - Click on the Swift!
  Click here to book a talk or presentation

Below you will see our public talks programme:
Click on the underlined links to book your place

  2 March Glamorgan Bird Club 7.30pm  ZOOM on-line talk
10 March Derbyshire WLT 7.30 pm Webinar on-line talk
17 March Network 4 Nature 12.00 noon on-line Urban Biodiversity
23 March
Durham RSPB Group 7.30pm ZOOM on-line talk
20 April    Lewes Swift Supporters 7.00pm ZOOM on-line talk
22 April    Wren Wildlife Group 7.30pm ZOOM on-line talk
26 April    Bradford on Avon Swift Group time tbc
ZOOM on-line talk
  4 May     Birdwatch Ireland 8pm  ZOOM on-line talk
15 July    Grant Arms Hotel Speyside 7pm tbc  A real LIVE talk!

See our recent Swifts Talk on You Tube - Click here
See our interview with The Urban Birder  - Click here

Download ZOOM metings software free
here
    

Supporting & Enhancing Urban Biodiversity
We provide training for professionals in practical Urban Biodiversity techniques
contact Swift Conservation
 for more details I am interested in Biodiversity training

Swift Surveys -
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How to Survey Swifts - download our leaflet here Swift Survey Techniques

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Use the new RSPB Swift Mapper App!
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BTO BBS Survey

By participating in the BTO Breeding Bird Survey
you contribute to our knowledge of Swifts in the UK




We have been providing free advice on how to help Swifts since 2003
Swift Conservation is grateful to    for its support


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