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.

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.

Contents Page Contents

  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 Boxes & Bricks

Architects & Builders

Install some Swift Bricks!  New Build? See how to use ready-made Swift Brick nest places
How to Make your Eco Home even more Eco Friendly  Download our leaflet all about Swift Bricks  - Click on the Swifts!

Need more advice?
We provide support throughout the UK & Europe - we can design in Swift and other nestboxes into your plans -
contact Swift Conservation
 Supporter's Enquiry

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 Supporter's Enquiry

Using Swift Bricks? Download a leaflet of available types & suppliers

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

We have provided free advice since 2003 and are "not for profit"
If you would like to support our work, please donate - Thank You!


Any Questions? Please contact us here  Supporter's Enquiry 

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

Our next talks about Swifts
To make contact - click on underlined text

10 May
Lewes Swift Campaign
21 May
Walthamstow Wetlands Day
7 June
Banstead U3A
24 June
Portsmouth Swift Day

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

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

The RSPB Swift Inventory
Information compiled here will become available to Planners and Local Authority staff and may help save Swift nest sites in buildings

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

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

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

Swift Conservation is grateful to    for its support

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