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

Keeping the skies alive!

Swifts are with us for just three months each Summer, bringing spectacular action, drama and excitement to our urban skies.

These amazing birds have shared our buildings ever since the Romans came to Britain. They still breed in our eaves and gables, but not for much longer, as modern and renovated buildings exclude them - we have lost half of our Swifts in just the past 20 years.

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

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  Projects Page Projects



Swift Conservation News News

  Local help with private nest box projects Local Experts & Groups



See Our Videos! Videos

  See Our Leaflets! Leaflets



D I Y Nestboxes D I Y Nestboxes

  Buy Our Swift Call CD! Swift Call CD's & MP3's



Swift First Aid & Care Swift First Aid   

  Nest Boxes & Bricks Buy Nest Places & Towers

Architects, Developers & Builders
See our new Swift & Bat Column, designed by 51% Architects, and soon to go up at Stratford, East London! Click
here and scroll down Swift & Bat Column

Install some Swift Bricks!  New Build? See how to use ready-made Swift Brick nest places
Swift Bricks Leaflet  Download our leaflet all about Swift Bricks  - Click on the Swifts!

Need more advice?  -   contact Swift Conservation I need advice about Swifts
We provide support throughout the UK & Europe

Need training in Urban Biodiversity techniques?
We provide training for professionals in practical Urban Biodiversity techniques throughout the UK & Europe -
contact Swift Conservation
 for more details I am interested in Biodiversity training

Working with Swifts? Follow these rules
 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

Seen a crime involving birds or wildlife?
Click here to contact the RSPB's legal team  Use this link to contact the RSPB's legal team
Click here to see Birders Against Wildlife Crime  Use this link to view the Birders Against Wildlife Crime website

The UK Swift Events Calendar Click to see D-I-Y Swift nest box

We are "not for profit" - Our modest dream is to cover our costs
If you would like to support our work, please donate - Thank You!

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Our next talks about Swifts

To make contact - click on underlined text

9 January South Wilts RSPB Group
11 January Pinner RSPB Group
18 January Maidstone RSPB Group
8 February Blackwater Valley CountrysideTrust

Click here to book a talk or presentation  Want to set up a talk with us? Click on the Swift!

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

Swift Surveys - Click on the logos to participate
How to Survey Swifts - download our leaflet here Swift Survey Techniques

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Add your Swift sightings to
BirdTrack and see on-line migration!

The BTO's BTO BBS Survey
By participating in the BTO's Breeding Bird Survey
you can contribute to our knowledge of Swifts in the UK

Any Questions? Please contact us here   
For questions about injured or fallen Swifts please click Swift First Aid & Care

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

swift-conservation.org name site texts copyright Edward Mayer 2017 photographs & illustrations copyright as indicated