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

Photo Inger Lund

Tragically, we have lost over half our Swifts in just the past 25 years.

Find out here all about these amazing birds, why they matter, and how you can help them.

Though Swifts only spend 3 or 4 months each Summer with us, while they are here they bring spectacular aerial action and excitement to our urban lives! Swifts breed from Ireland to Beijing, from the Mediterranean and the Middle East right up to the Arctic, but sad to say, everywhere they are in decline.

But you can help them, and you can do it personally, all on your own, or with the help of a few friends and neighbours, and if you can do
D I Y, it will cost you very little indeed.

Read on!

They've gone!

But with luck they'll be back next May

Our Swifts have left for Africa. In early to mid-August we were watching the last of their spectacular aerial displays as they got ready to leave us for another year. They were feeding up to get the energy for their return flight to the Congo.

You could see them high and low, over fields and rivers and ponds, snapping up flying insects and indulging in great screaming get-togethers. Now they are flying back to the Congo around West Africa and across the Sahel; amazing flights of extreme endurance. 

They will have left us, but with luck each Swift will come back to breed next May, maybe to your own house, or to your nestbox if you have put one up for them.

Swifts have shared our buildings ever since the Romans came to Britain and the deforestation of the British Isles started to accelerate. That was when Swifts moved into our buildings. Nearly all now breed in our eaves and gables, but cannot use modern and renovated or insulated buildings as these exclude them.

Unless we help them, Swifts will vanish from the UK.

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