Get help for
your project from local experts & groups
These people should be able to advise you how to get
your Swift nest box project up and running, or help you protect a local Swift colony from building
work or development. Some can do a lot more! Please contact them via the e-mail
please click the blue Swift icon to see the list
see below - if you don't get a response, let us know!
Just a few examples of their work
Photo © Helen
Photo © Roland
Fitt has been
the prime mover for the installation of many hundreds of Swift nest places
in the West Country, mostly in new-build housing, apartments, hotels
and schools, by working closely with the Duchy of Cornwall and
Exeter City Council, Tanya
and Edmund Hoare have set up an amazing Swift colony in the walls of
their own home, and have overseen the installion of Swift nest
places in numerous buildings in their region, Mark Smyth and Jonathan
Pomroy have both set up very successful Swift colonies at their homes,
Helen Robertson saved her Swifts' nests by having special entrances
fitted when her builder re-tiled the roof in late 2009, Ian Walker
advised on the installation of Swift nest places in the new Everyman
Theatre in Liverpool, and the late Roland Giddy had his Victorian eaves
converted into Swift homes, and was instrumental in saving the Swift
colony in the church at Lingfield.
The Moral: Everyone can do something, big or small, to help Swifts.
Small Print - please read carefully. These people all work
independently. They only provide advice on Swift conservation and nest
space creation; they do not advise on any aspect of building
maintenance, structural or safety matters. They should be able to tell
you what can be done to preserve and provide nest places, and what
sorts of commercially-available nest boxes might be suitable. You will
need to assure yourself that their advice fits in with your plans for
your building, your building's condition and your future requirements,
and any other associated matters. You will need to arrange for
purchases and fitting, and/or associated building work, as required.
Swifts are wild creatures, and while all helpers are in touch with the
latest information, it may well be that Swifts will not take up the
offered nest places, or may leave an altered nest site notwithstanding
all efforts to preserve the colony. Under no circumstances can these
helpers or Swift Conservation accept any liability.
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