After a successful breeding season, our Swifts are now flying over Central and East Africa
and dry weather over the UK and Europe meant they found the flying
insect food they need for themselves and their chicks, so they bred
This past Summer you could see Swifts, high and
low, over towns, villages, and cities too, snapping up flying insects
and indulging in great screaming get-togethers.
a 58% decline in their UK population from 1969 to 2018 still
the Red List of species threatened with
Now they are back over the Congo and sub-equatorial Africa, flying there via France, Spain, Morrocco and all of West Africa. Will we see them again next year? An estimated 20% die on the migration, but the rest will do their best to return.
Nest-place loss from re-building and development, insect
loss from over-use of agricultural insecticides, increasingly hostile weather on migration, long-term droughts, agricultural
intensification and deforestation in their wintering grounds in Africa,
all are pushing their populations to the brink. So we have to help them survive.
have shared our buildings ever since the Romans
came to Britain and the deforestation of the British Isles started. That was when Swifts
moved away from nesting in holes in trees and moved into our buildings. Nearly
all now breed in old eaves and gables, they cannot use modern buildings as these exclude them.
we help them Swifts will vanish from
the UK, and from the World too. Help them! Read on to see what you can
do! Hints: put up a nest box and stop using biocides in your garden!
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