Easy to install Swift nest places
For a surprisingly
modest outlay you can create very long lasting Swift nest
On the left is
the Schwegler Swift Brick, probably the first such nestbox. 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. Similar versions
are available from other manufacturers.
the right is a pile of UK-made "S" Bricks. They can be made to match
any brick or stone, they can also be made to match any brick size. They
come in three versions: synthetic board and brick, galvanised steel and
brick, and a type suitable for rendered and pebble dash walls.
them in blockwork or brickwork walls, ideally as the top course, or
placed high in gables, flank walls and ends of terraces. If you
have enough space, you can make patterns from these bricks. Try and
space them from 50cm to 100cm apart.
new nest-places should be out of direct sunlight or
else shaded beneath broad eaves. They should
be 5 metres or more above ground. They should not be
obstructed by nearby trees, window cleaning rigs, ladders, walkways, cables, or creepers.
Install 2 to 4 Swift Bricks on a medium to large house, from
4 to 10 on a small block of flats, and 10 to 40 on a
large site like a school, hospital or warehouse, a factory or
a major apartment development.
Install them in a straight line, or in a pattern, under
the eaves or across a vertical wall, away from
windows. They should not need any maintenance nor cleaning.
Don't worry about the Swifts
making a mess. Swifts are very clean and
they will not leave those piles of droppings that Feral Pigeons do.
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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 entrance hole is exposed
for the Swifts to gain access.
Middle photo above shows a successful "S" Brick inserted flush
into the brickwork of the gable of this dwelling
house. You can see the chick peeking out.
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.
Typical Swift Bricks
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