Easy to install Swift nest places
For a surprisingly
modest outlay you can create Swift nest
On the left is
the Schwegler Swift Brick. Made of a type of concrete, it
has a hollow interior for the Swifts to nest in. It
measures 180mm high, 265mm wide, and is 220mm deep.
On the right is the EcoSurv Swift
Nest Brick. Made in the UK from foamed cement
and faced with whatever hard material you
choose, it measures about 325mm x 145mm x 205mm
Use them in blockwork or brickwork walls, ideally as the
top course, or placed high in gables, flank walls and
ends of terraces.
new nest-places should be out of direct sunlight or
else shaded day long beneath broad eaves. They should
be 5 metres or more above ground. They should not be
obstructed by nearby trees, cables, creepers or aerials.
1 to 4 Swift Bricks on a medium to large house, from
4 to 10 on a small block of flats, and 10 to 20 on a
large site like a school, hospital or warehouse, or
a major apartment development.
Install them in a straight line, under
the eaves or at the top of a vertical wall, away from
windows. The birds are shy, and don't like being stared
at as they prospect for nests! Don't worry about them
making a mess. Swifts are very clean and
if these nest places are used shouldn't leave those piles of droppings that some other
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examples of Swift Brick installations
Photos © Edward
Mayer & EcoSurv Ltd.
Above left - Schwegler Swift
Bricks installed at Terry Farrell's Swiss Cottage
Sports Centre, London NW3, designed and built for Camden
Council. Camden were keen to have Swifts breeding at
this site to bring some wildlife to a busy urban
area. They asked Swift Conservation to specify and supervise
the design and installation of these nest places.
It's normal practice to hide these bricks behind rendering,
pebble dash, or even tile and stone facings. All that
is necessary is that the 55mm x 33mm entrance hole is exposed
for the Swifts to gain access.
Middle photo above shows an EcoSurv Swift Nest Brick
faced with natural English stone and inserted flush
into the plastered exterior blockwork of this dwelling
the right above are Schwegler Swift Bricks installed at the Notting
Hill Housing Trust / Barnet Council sheltered housing
project at New Barnet, North London. Local residents asked
Swift Conservation to help them establish nest places for
Swifts in the new building, so that existing birds would
not become homeless following demolition of the former
buildings on this site.
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