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

 
Keeping the skies alive!

O - Swift! If thou art master of the air
Who taught thee! Not the joy of flying
But of thy brood: their throttles' crying
Stung thee to skill whereof men yet despair!

Wilfred Owen

Swifts are with us for just three months each Summer, bringing spectacular action, drama and excitement to our city, town and village 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
 

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


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


Any Questions?
Contact us here  I have a query about Swifts

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 talks about Swifts
To make contact - click on underlined text

2/3 July Amboise Swift Group Swift & Bat Walk book here
See us at The Rutland Water BIRDFAIR 19-21 August
(our talk there is in the AWBC, 19 August at 9-30 to 9-50)
13 September Reigate Swift Group
14 September Ashford Bird Club
12 October Watford RSPB Group

We also provide training in supporting and enhancing urban biodiversity - contact us for more information

Click here to book a talk or presentation  Want to book a talk? Click on the Swift!

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

Swift Surveys - your help is needed
Click on the logos below to participate

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

BirdTrack footAdd your Swift sightings to BirdTrack, the on-line tracking system that shows birds' migration patterns




      Please help us help Swifts!

Swift Conservation is grateful to    for its support

swift-conservation.org name site texts copyright Edward Mayer 2016 photographs & illustrations copyright as indicated