London's Swifts Local Help & Assistance

Get help for your project from local experts

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. Please contact them via the e-mail links.

  Brighton

Chris Lowe

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  Bristol & Avon

Mark Glanville

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  Cambridgeshire

Dick Newell

click here to e-mail

  Channel Islands

Vic Froome

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  Cheshire

Brian Martin

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  Cornwall (North)

Thas Martins

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  Cornwall

Bruce Taggart

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  Devon

Stephen Fitt

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  Dorset

Stephen Fitt

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  Essex

John Smart

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  Henley-on-Thames

Michael Shemilt

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  Ireland (inc. Northern Ireland)

Mark Smyth

click here to e-mail

  Kent

Fred Hookins

click here to e-mail

  Lancashire

Brian Martin

click here to e-mail

  Lancashire (Ribble Valley & Bowland)

Ian Walker

click here to e-mail

   Lincolnshire (Central)

Bill Ball

click here to e-mail

  Lincolnshire (North)

Helen Robertson

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  Lincolnshire (South)

Barry Hancock

click here to e-mail

  Lincolnshire (Vale of Belvoir)

David Makin

click here to e-mail

  London - North of the Thames

Edward Mayer

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  London - South of the Thames

Steven Robinson

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  Manchester (Greater)

Brian Martin

click here to e-mail

  Merseyside

Brian Martin

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  Norfolk

Paul Noakes

click here to e-mail

  Oxfordshire (Cherwell District)

Chris Mason

click here to e-mail

  Portsmouth

Dave Warner

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  South West England

Stephen Fitt

click here to e-mail

  Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Peter Brown

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  Suffolk

Steve Piotrowski / SWT

click here to e-mail

  Wales - Cardiff area

Julia Barrell

click here to e-mail

  Wales - Cardiff area

Linda Newton

click here to e-mail

  Wales - South & Brecon Beacons

Kirsty Johns

click here to e-mail

  Worcestershire

Suellen Holloway

click here to e-mail

  Yorkshire - Ilkley area

Bill Thorne

click here to e-mail

  Yorkshire - Ampleforth area

Jonathan Pomroy

click here to e-mail

Just a few examples of their work

Photo Mark Smyth

Photo Helen Robertson

Photo Roland Giddy

Mark Smyth and Jonathan Pomroy have both set up very successful Swift colonies, Stephen Fitt has been the prime mover for the installation of hundreds of Swift nest places in the West Country, Helen Robertson saved her Swifts' nests by having special entrances fitted when her builder re-tiled the roof in late 2009, Ian Walker is advising 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 advised on saving the Swift colony in the church at Lingfield.

The 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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