Education, Training & Surveys
Lectures & Presentations
you like to know more about Swifts and their needs? Would you like
to hear a lecture and see a "PowerPoint" presentation
about them? We provide individual, tailored lectures and presentations
to audiences such as developers, architects, local authority staff, planning committees,
Members Groups, birdwatching clubs, indeed anyone who wants to know more about these superb birds.
your organisation benefit from having someone train you or a colleague
in how to identify Swift nest places, and preserve and create nest places for Swifts in a wide
variety of buildings?
While Swifts are easy to see screaming around on a hot Summer's evening, they are secretive and discreet about where they nest, visiting at speed, so fast they can easily be missed. Yet knowledge of where they occur and nest is essential if we are to persuade government to improve their protection, and make places for them in the built environment.
There's a way to tell if they are nesting nearby. If the birds are flying low along eaves and roofs and round houses, screaming as they go, then they are certainly nesting in the near vicinity, perhaps in the houses they are flying around. But if you see them flying slowly, drifting along, heading steadily in one direction, then they are probably migrating.
You can participate in two current Swift Migration surveys. You can do
these surveys on your own, with friends, or with your bird watching
club. However you get them done, they will help keep Swifts flying.
Do you need to learn how to recognise a Swift?
Look at our photos, at our Videos page, and use these identification guides: