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

Photo Inger Lund

Our Swifts only spend 3 or 4 months each Summer with us, but while they are here they bring spectacular aerial action and excitement to our urban lives! Swifts nesting further North, up to the Arctic Circle, leave later and you may see one or two crossing the UK, even into October. Watch out, especially along the South Coast!

They're over the Congo now!

Our Swifts left us at the end of Summer to head South. A couple of days flight took them over Spain, then they flew down the coast over Morocco and Mali and then through West Africa to reach the Congo in September, where they spend most of the Winter.

Swifts have shared our buildings ever since the Romans came to Britain. They still breed in our eaves and gables, but won't be for much longer, as modern and renovated buildings exclude them. Tragically, we have lost over half of our Swifts in just the past 25 years.

Unless we help them, Swifts will vanish from the UK. Find out here all about these amazing birds, why they matter, and how you can help them.

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are you working at a Swift nest site?
Follow this guidance

 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

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