Swift Calls CD
Our Calls CD +
every CD & MP3 sold keeps us going!
"Thanks! 15 minutes after I started playing the calls, I had 3 Swifts flying around my 4 new nests! Wow!" Peter Bilgrav Sørensen
These calls of nesting
Swifts Apus apus recorded at Ulrich Tigges' Berlin Swift Colony
should bring in Swifts to check out your nest places. Included are the
"upper tones" emitted at 12-13 kHz. The CD runs for
about an hour.
"The Swift calls CD which we used 2 years ago has worked
a treat. Last year the Swifts established their nest-territory; this
year they took up residence in earnest. Thank you!"
Please order via this secure site -
delivery can take up to 14 days
CD within the breeding range of the Common Swift Apus apus
Swift Calls in MP3
"I thought that you
would like to know that Swifts arrived on the
first use of the call file" Charles Whitbread
For a tried and tested
Swift Calls recording to use
with MP3 players and SD card players / amplifiers
N.B. if playing on a mobile phone then download the
free App "Loop Player" to play the calls continuously
Calls MP3 + Instructions
To receive the
download (an approximately 8 minute track) press the "Buy Now"
button below. Orders will
be fulfilled by e-mail with the MP3 file and full instructions attached
Available from us by e-mail for just £2.00 GBP
order via this secure site - delivery can take up to 14 days
We only supply this
MP3 within the breeding range of the Common Swift Apus apus
Beautiful high-quality enamel and silver-plate badges, designed by
Jonathan Pomroy, the famous wildlife artist, for Swift Conservation,
and suitable for any Swift enthusiast or group - no branding nor logos
Size: 20mm x 20mm - fastened to clothing via a pin on the back
Sold in multiples of 10 inc. postage & packing - starting at £17 for 10, £34 for 20
E-mail us HERE
and say how many badges you need, and provide us with your address. We
will reply instructing you how to pay, and when we receive your payment
we will send off the badges to you.
|Swift Art Book - Beautiful!
"On Crescent Wings - a portrait of the Swift"
by Jonathan Pomroy, wildlife artist
£22.50 inc. P & P Buy via this link
the 2018 Bird Fair, Jonathan Pomroy's gorgeous new book of Swifts is
just brilliant. It features his beautiful, evocative sketches of Swifts
in the air and in the nest
made over the last 15 years.
was one of the first people I met when I started studying Swifts all
those years ago; his friendship, advice and his superb images have all
provided invaluable help and inspiration.
This book is a real treat! Buy it and revel in it!
|Swifts in a Tower
the best book ever about Swifts!
First published in 1956, and long since out of print, this famous,
almost mythical book has been republished to bring the original work, now augmented with new information, into the hands of the thousands
of new Swift enthusiasts all over
the UK, Europe and beyond, to give them an excellent knowledge of
Swifts and how they live and breed.
Buy direct from the publisher for only £11.25
Click on the link, or order from your local book shop.
Unicorn Publishing Group - Swifts in a Tower
firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01273 812066
his 94 page, self-published paperback book, Swift enthusiast Martin Garwood has
brought together his own stunning photographs, text and old illustrations to
celebrate his favourite bird. Richly
illustrated, the limited edition book explores human encounters with Swifts
through a variety of written sources from Gilbert White to Tim Dee.
recently revised book measures 235 x 170 mm and is available directly from
Martin at £12.25 including post and packing to UK addresses. Contact Martin by e-mail here or text to
proportion of all sales money goes towards Swift conservation work.
|Habitat Creation and Management for Pollinators
by Marek Nowakowski and Richard Pywell
Wildlife Farming Company & the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
This excellent little book tells you all you need to know about how to get insects back into your fields, gardens and parks.
Aimed at farmers and those managing farmed landscapes, the information
it holds can be used in many other locations too, making them richer
and more supportive of our essential pollinators, primarily insects,
now under so much adverse pressure from the chemicals used in modern
Remember; Swifts eat only flying insects, and now they need you to help
produce those flying insects for them. This book will help you to do
Swifts and Swallows
shown flying over the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire
Edition Giclee Prints from the original oil painting
"Her unique interpretations of wildlife
use bold colour and design to create movement and drama"
Large print on paper - image 20" x 10" Edition of 350 £125.00
Small print on paper - image 12" x 6" Edition of 350
All prints are signed and numbered and come with a certificate of
Order your print by clicking here
Please mention Swift Conservation in the "Note to Seller" box
when you make your order as a donation will be
made to Swift Conservation for each sale via our website
Artworks & More
Swift paintings, prints, cards, keyrings & more from Cally Smith's ColourworxsArt on-line art shop
Offering a nice choice of images, prints, watercolours and more - go to this link to see them and make a purchase - previous customers have left excellent reviews
Cally runs the Huntley Swift Group in East Scotland, so it's all in a good cause!
|Nick Upton's Swift Pics
A selection of fine Swift works by Nick Upton and other photographers and artists is available at Pixels.com
Click here to contact their website
Note - most items are despatched from the UK but some come from the USA and extra transport costs and Customs duties may apply
The Devil Birds DVD
Winnner of the Special Recognition Award
World Wildlife Film Festival 1982
Derek Bromhall's famous film on Swifts on DVD Just £10! Supplied
by Gillian Westray - Swift Rehabilitator
iconic study of the world famous Oxford Natural History Museum’s Swift
colony was filmed using pioneering techniques. These observations of
the hidden lifestyle of this amazing bird remain unrivalled.
insight that’s greatly needed to help further their conservation, this
re-mastered DVD version is being sold to both fascinate and educate.
£10 each - any profits
will be used for Swift rehabilitation
version now available £10 + postage
To e-mail an order
click on this Swift Remember to add your address!
RIBA Publishing - Bat Conservation Trust
Second Edition: A technical guide for new and existing buildings
Kelly Gunnell, Brian Murphy and Dr Carol Williams
authoritative guidance and professional architects' drawings form the
basis of this fully revised and invaluable work on how to accommodate
the essential co-domestic species, Swifts included, in new buildings.
In today's environment no architect or developer can afford to be
without a copy.
Order your copy from
Routledge either as a paperback or an e-book
|Swift Column by habi-sabi
Swifts sometimes nest in old Woodpecker nest holes
in old trees. We have mimicked those nest places with snug,
weather-proof wood-lined nesting chambers, mounted within a tree-like
column. There's a special place included for bats too!
Profile Revolutionary new Swift Nest Columns - looks like a mobile phone
mast, provides high-quality accommodation for Swifts and Bats in urban
Inspired by tree-nesting Swifts in Scotland and Lapland, Swift
Conservation devised this new structure providing nestplaces within
On the left you can see an architect's vision of two of the Columns set
up at the 2012 Olympics site at Stratford, East London. The idea is
that they blend in well with the existing installations of metal
columns mounting lights, CCTV, solar arrays, radio antennae and more.
Designers 51% architects and habi-sabi turned the idea into reality,
with the columns manufactured by a major mobile phone mast manufacturer,
and fitted out with plywood lined nest places for 8 / 24 breeding pairs of
Swifts, and beneath them oakwood lined chambers for small bats
Already erected at three major UK sites, with other projects following
on soon, the habi-sabi Swift Columns are easy to procure, easy to
install, easy to manage designs that offer plenty for urban
For more information and costings contact:
Peter Thomas at
51% Architects or
'phone: 0044 203 355 1205
|Action for Swifts uPVC nest box
Unpainted: £27.50 + Shipping Painted £29.50 + Shipping
Although it is preferable to install integral "Swift Brick" type nest
places, because they are more secure, longer lasting and thermally
stable, there are occasions where this is not an option and so external
nest boxes are appropriate.
External nest boxes are often made of wood, and if exposed to the
weather are prone to deteriorate. Swifts are long-lived birds, so their
nest place needs to last at least for the lifetime of the bird, and if
possible for many generations beyond that.
External nest boxes are readily accepted by Swifts.
uPVC's rigid, lightweight nature and durable waterproof properties make it ideal for nest boxes.
Unlike PVC, uPVC contains no plasticisers, nor environmentally harmful
chemicals such as phthalates or BPA, and it is recyclable.
Contact for purchases: Action for Swifts
(Just click on the name)
Low-cost Swift Nestboxes
Low cost UK-made
plywood Swift Nest Boxes
Over 30,000 have been sold!
Zeist pattern £20.00 plus p & p
Heat and Rain resistant Model
30 £20.00 plus p&p
makes proven (see photo on the left with a Swift chick visible in the
box) plywood nestboxes for use under eaves and on walls.
He supplies two models: one for under eaves (illustrated left in use)
and one with an angled waterproof insulated heat-resistant white
upvc roof for use on open walls, supplied fully assembled.
The entry hole size
should exclude Starlings.
All nest boxes include an MDF nest form (lower right) - this simple
device has been shown to speed take-up time by nesting Swifts by a
Both models of nest boxes are obtainable from
John Stimpson on 01353
or by e-mail ( click here )
solid wood Swift Nestbox
UK-made wood Swift
Width 46 cm Depth
18 cm Height 19.5 cm
about £40.00 + p&p
This solid wood nest box for use directly under eaves can be purchased
from the RSPB's online shop and by calling 0345 034 7733
Swift nest box is made from FSC certified softwood, and is a unique
design for the RSPB.
The entry hole measures 65 mm x 29 mm and is set
at one end of the nest box.
The easy-access panel on the front makes maintenance simple. Fixing
screws not included.
I M P E C K A B L E NESTBOXES
UK made GRP moulded Swift Nest Boxes
nest boxes guaranteed for 50 years
Can be made in a wide range of RAL colours to match
specialise in exporting (last year they supplied 330 triple nestboxes
SEO- the Spanish Birdlife Partner for a major project in Madrid)
- please enquire if you are in the EU or elsewhere for the export
box sizes and their prices:
nest box as shown £72 inc Carriage
Double nest box £122 inc Carriage
Quadruple nest box as shown £208 inc Carriage
Sun Canopy for Quad nest box as shown - price please enquire
Sextuple nest box £ please enquire
Octuple nest box £ please enquire
Apex Gable End Nest Box with 6 nest places as shown £302 inc Carriage
(93cm wide at base & 53cm from base to apex, 20cm deep, weight 9K)
Special Hot Climate Swift nestboxes are also available - please enquire
Despatch time 21 days maximum
20% Deposit required, balance on collection or before delivery
0755 438 5878
Len Haworth, 25 High Street, Brymbo, Wrexham, North Wales, LL11 5BL, UK
the Factsheet here:
Material = 3 layers of 600gram/m2 chop strand mat saturated in
polyester resin. Each nesting apartment dimensions = 300mm l; 200mm w;
nesting tray per apartment; 210mm x 165mm exterior size and 145mm x
100mm interior size with 75 degree sloping sides
hole dimensions 60mm x 30mm
below with box) are available for hot or stormy situations - a canopy
provides not just extra protection but shelter for invertebrates,
lizards, geckos and maybe bats & small birds too
flat pack boxes - easily assembled
from recycled compressed foam insulation board which does not rot
expand nor warp and has a 25 year life - can be assembled without tools
Boxes are shipped flatpack in a double
wall recycled cardboard box
Each comes with an assembly manual -
to habi-sabi web site
Double nest place Swift nest box
innovative design, the base plate is reversible, so you may fit the
entrance holes outward or wall facing. Each entrance hole is 65 x
box, like the ones below, is lightweight & designed to be fixed
directly to an exterior wall
assemble– can be built in 20 minutes without fixings
No tools needed - Built with your hands and sandpaper
73cm long x
22cm wide x 24cm deep with two chambers for nesting
5kg Link to habi-sabi web site
N.B. We suggest you seal all joints and
lugs on habi-sabi boxes with exterior-type "Gripfill"
adhesive when assembling to assure the box stays fully weather-proof in
and foul weather
As well as their Swift
boxes, habi-sabi also make a range of boxes for other
hedgehogs, bees and bats - contact them for prices
and other details by clicking here or calling 020 3355 1205 (mentioning
Swift Conservation, please)
Single nest place Swift Box
A basic one-nest place Swift nest box, the smallest & lightest in
Easy to assemble and fit – can be built in 8 minutes
Hand assembled - no tools needed - just a little sandpaper
Lightweight & designed to be hung from an exterior wall
Long lasting materialwith a 25 year life : 21cm
high x 41cm wide x24cm deep with a nesting chamber 9 - 14cm high x 32cm
wide x 14cm deep
Weighs 3kg Link to habi-sabi web site
Night Box for Swifts & Bats
design, a box to host Swifts in the Summer and provide shelter for bats
year round, recently installed at ZSL's Regents Park Zoo
The nesting chamber
provides space for Swifts to raise their young and a double rear
panel creates an ideal space for roosting small bats
Easy to assemble and fit – can be built in 8 minutes with no nails or
Hand assembled - no tools needed - just sandpaper
Lightweight & designed to be hung from an exterior wall
28cm high x 41cm wide x 25 com deep
a nesting chamber 9 to 14cm high x 32cm wide x 14cm deep
kg Link to habi-sabi web site
box costs £59.95 including VAT
GN Cedar Swift Box (camera ready) http://gardenature.co.uk/product/swift-nest-box-camera-ready
Swift Conservation when you order for a 10% discount!
You need to quote
Discount Code SCO-03-12 when
placing your order
wooden Swift Nest Boxes
made from 21mm Redwood Cedar & Marine Plywood
hole: 55 x 32mm. Box measurements Length: 460mm Depth: 180mm
Width: 180mm. The front panel can be completely removed for
easy access, the roof has a slight incline to quickly disperse
water and there are two drain holes in the nestbox floor.
This camera-ready (install your own cctv camera) nest box costs
£59.95 including VAT
A High Resolution
B&W, Audio and Night Vision CCTV Camera can be installed in this box Please let
Gardenature know if you wish to order the box with a built in camera
system, both wired and radio-linked types are available
Swift Box with
wired camera: http://gardenature.co.uk/product/swift-nest-box-with-camera-system
THE IBSTOCK BRICK Co
by a famous Swift expert, and costing about £60-00 these
well-proven Swift Bricks are in use by Swifts at the new Public Library
A neat proven and easy
to fit UK-made Swift Nest Brick - "Eco Habitat for Swifts"
A discrete and attractive nest brick ideal for new and
Insert under eaves or in
Available in smooth red, blue & cream clays
Size 326mm x 140mm x 140mm
Product: Swift Box, Red, Blue or Cream
Made to order - takes 10 to 14 days
sales 0844 736 0350
design advice 0844 800 4576
technical services 0844 800 4577
literature and samples 0844 800 4578
Ibstock Specials Dept, Leicester Road,
Ibstock, LE67 6HS
|Action for Swifts
Simple and proven, (see photo below) this nest brick
and House Sparrows to nest in brick and rendered cavity walls; it can
be made to different brick sizes, cavity widths and brick facings; it
includes a built-in nest form and it is available in left and right
hand entrance versions.
For full details:
Web: Click here for more "S" Brick Information
Downloadable brochure click here
The version of the "S" Brick for brick walls
Revolutionary, light-weight, aesthetically
attractive new Swift brick that replaces a single brick and can be laid
easily and quickly by any bricklayer, it comprises a laser-cut PVC
foamboard nest chamber and a brick slip front and is one of the
simplest and lightest nest bricks on the market
The version of the "S" Brick for
Stylish UK-made SwiftBlock
Green&Blue SwiftBlock is designed and made in Cornwall. Made from
concrete using 75% waste material from the Cornish China Clay industry,
making each block more sustainable and designed to last.
The SwiftBlock is
standard UK block size meaning it is an easy task to fit into standard
SwiftBlock has a cast internal nesting bowl and full fitting
instructions cast into the block for ease of installation on site.
01872 858658 for more details and support
Forticrete Swift Brick
easy to fit UK-made stone-coloured Swift Nest Brick - available without
the Swift design, and always choose the one-hole type!
Forticrete Swift Box has been developed to be used in new build
construction or renovation to provide a habitat for Swifts.
box is made of cast stone and is hollow providing adequate space for a
pair of breeding Swifts. The Swift motif is an optional extra. Always
choose the single entrance hole model as Swifts require this for their
security against intruders.
the Product Information Sheet
the Information Flyer
the Fitting Instructions
Manthorpe Swift Brick
has been developed for Manthorpe Building Products and the RSPB by Dick
Newell of Action for Swifts, to provide a simple easily installed nest
box that lets Swifts nest within the walls of modern houses. This nest
box takes the place of just a single brick.
- Low cost - from about £15.00 each
- Supplier - call 01924 438112 or click here Ian Firth Hardware
- Coloured face blends in with surrounding
- Simple to install, can be fitted quickly
- Integral nest concave provides ideal point
for nest building
- 29 x 65 mm opening leads into the entry
- 413 cm2 floor gives
maximum habitable living space within the wall
- A built-in cavity tray protects against
- Nest area has integral drainage to
keep it dry
GENESIS NEST BOXES
Very popular in Eire -
orders welcomed from UK
Made from weather-resistant Magnesium Oxide Wall
Board - non-toxic and fire-resistant & painted with heat-resistant
to lessen solar gain & to keep the nest places cooler
Swift call systems both mains and
solar powered are also available!
company for latest prices, models and delivery details - see contact
information opposite and below
All boxes have an outside measurement of 150 x 150 mm square
They come in lengths of 300mm (single) 600mm (double)
and 900mm (triple)
"Specials" can be made to fit most situations - Prices £45 to £115
Genesis Nest Boxes, Killarney, Eire, V93PKW8
Mobile: +353 86 108 7266
Integral Swift Bricks
Swifts and other birds too
Above: a Bird Brick Houses Swift brick is shown on its own, and
inserted into the eaves
of a building, where it is exceptionally discreet - below a Swift box
(in another brick colour)
prior to fitting
Essentially a moulded plastic box that is faced with brick and inserted
into a wall. During manufacture slips of matching brick are bonded to the
front plate, enabling the box to blend in with the host wall.
The model on the left is designed specifically for Swifts. Other box designs
are available, housing small to medium sized birds (including Alpine
Swift for European users) and most of the UK’s bat species.
Bird Brick House fits into the outside skin of most 75mm brickwork
courses and only protrudes 25mm (Swift box or 65mm) into the cavity. At
the bottom there are two drainage holes that allow moisture to drain
into the wall cavity.
Bird Brick Houses, Willow Cottage,
Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1EP
Mobile : 07415 067051 Land line: 01323 849322
e-mail : Enquiries@birdbrickhouses.co.uk
Swift Nest Boxes & Swift Bricks
& other types too
Access the concise Schwegler catalogue
Download the NHBS Trade Catalogue here
NHBS Phone - +44 1803 865913
NHBS, Ltd 1-6 The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes,
Devon, TQ9 5LE UK
Brick (No 25)
Ideal for new-build sites, also useful for replacing lost nest-places
in existing buildings, they are fitted into brick, stone or block-work
walls, and may be painted to match the wall or faced with plaster or
pebble dash to match the existing finish.
265mm wide x 220mm
deep x 180mm high £POA
Lightweight Swift Box Type 1A
lightweight nesting box is ideal for inclusion in insulation systems on
exterior walls. The protruding, righ-shaped entrance enables the
box to be easily installed flush with the wall surface, leaving only
entrance visible within the plastered wall finish.
design makes nest-checking easier for the birds, even if the external
wall presents a smooth surface, as they can cling to the exposed lip.
No aperture for cleaning is provided
because this is not necessary if the box is occupied by Swifts.
Features: No cleaning required - Ideal for Swifts -
Constructed with breathable Woodcrete™- Backed by a 25 year guarantee
Dimensions: W 340mm x H 135mm x D 150mm (plus
17mm for the protruding entrance ring)
Weight: 2.7kg approx.
Box (No 604)
Designed for use
inside eaves, on parapets or balconies, anywhere it will be
undisturbed. Can be fitted internally with an anti-Starling entrance
Single & Double
Louvre boxes (Nos 16 & 1MF)
Designed to mimic bell-tower louvres, these are for fixing on or within
exterior walls, towers and spires.
Single: 240mm high x 430mm wide x 225mm deep £POA
Double: 460mm high x 430mm wide x 225mm deep £POA
The photo shows the
Double Chamber version model 1MF in use on Camden Town Hall at King's
Eaves Nest Boxes (Nos
17 & 18)
For fitting beneath eaves on domestic houses or any building with
sufficiently high and wide eaves
No 17 (on the left) 152mm high x 340mm wide x 150mm deep £POA
No 18 (on the right) 210mm high x 552mm wide x 210mm deep £POA
The photo shows
six Swift nest boxes in place on the Bugs House at London Zoo, Regent's
WoodStone ® Built-in
Swift Boxes and Bricks
Price: £24.95 Guaranteed 10 years
Dimensions Width 33cm x Height 19cm x Depth
Material - Cement and wood fibre mix
Telephone: 0800 731 2820 email@example.com www.birdfood.co.uk
Left: Made from a cement and wood fibre mixture this
nest-brick is intended
for insertion into walls at five metres or above from ground level, in
providing clear air-space. This box can be opened for occasional
cleaning and/or checking
See the Vivara Pro catalogue here:
Swift nest box types are now available - you can view them in this
90060 Price: £24.95 Guaranteed 10 years
Dimensions Width 31cm x Height 17cm x Depth 17cm
Material - Cement and wood fibre mix
Telephone: 0800 731 2820
Left: Made from a cement and wood fibre mixture this nest-brick is
for insertion into walls at five metres or above from ground level, in
providing clear air-space. This box once fitted requires no further
maintenance, and may be plastered over, leaving only the entrance hole
Two of CJ Wildlife / Vivara Pro's other swift nest boxes and bricks are
Above left: Code 90738 for fitting under eaves £29.95
Above right: Code 90059 for fitting behind walls leaving a 30mm x 75mm
slot for Swifts' access £24.95
of Swift Nest Boxes made
Prices from £28 - £84 for single to
quadruple boxes (plus p&p)
Single and double
eaves boxes and single, double and
quadruple corner boxes. They
are made from Duraply, fungi and insect resistant. The finishes are
water based, and can be stained or painted to match or complement
exterior decor. The boxes
come with landing
strips with black interiors and integral nest cups pre-lined with
feathers. The boxes are secured to the wall using an easy fixing plate.
Single / Double Boxes - These boxes are for mounting on the face of a building, as
close under the eaves as possible. Available in single or double
Double / Quadruple Corner Boxes available in a range of sizes and designed to fit
on the left or right hand corner of buildings. Specify which orientation / corner of the building
you need the box for, as this dictates the side the doors are fitted
Enquiries - Contact Lester Hartmann at www.peakboxes.co.uk
Nest Box CCTV Systems from
"Spy Camera CCTV"
Most “off-the-shelf” cameras for night
viewing emit infrared in a frequency that Swifts can see. N.B. If you
can see red light from the emitters so can the Swifts. This visible
spectrum alters behavior – even to the point of chasing them out of
nestplaces. The key is to use IR lights that emit at 940nm.
Spy Camera CCTV
0117 325 2470
Open 24 Seven Limited
Unit 3 Netham View Industrial Park
Visit the link above to see a good selection of cameras and associated
equipment designed for use in bird nest boxes - the web site holds a
lot of useful information and
you can phone them for more.
Check Voucher Codes online for the possibility of discounts.
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