Swifts flying over rooftops

Swifts

Swifts are in trouble. The UK has seen numbers plummeting, with a 53% decline between 1995 and 2016. To help them, we want to get 1,000 swift nestboxes put up before they arrive at the end of April. Can you help?

Swifts nest in gaps high up on our homes and in other buildings. But there’s a problem. When buildings are refurbished or demolished, these important nooks and crannies are lost and swifts have nowhere to nest. You can help by providing alternative nest sites:

> Put up a swift nestbox

> Make a swift nestbox

> Or if you’re involved in a new build or renovation project, by installing a specially designed ‘swift brick’. Scroll down to find out more about how you can help this amazing bird.

Help swifts

Close-up of a swift's head

Help us take swift action to change the fortunes of this unique and iconic bird. Keep your eyes peeled and take part in our Swift Survey!

Latest swift news

Puffins in peril as new report shows a quarter of birds across the island of Ireland are now Red-listed

Thursday 15 April 2021 by Brian Campbell

Puffins, swifts and kestrels are among 23 birds that have been moved on to the Red list – relating to species of highest..

New homes for swifts – the Manthorpe swift brick

Tuesday 3 September 2019 by Manthorpe Building Products

Manthorpe Building Products have been making subtle but effective modifications to their pioneering Swift Brick designed..

Good news for the RSPB Swift Survey

Tuesday 6 August 2019

While the swifts are still gracing our summer skies, we’re celebrating a good year for the RSPB Swift Survey.

Find out more about our migratory heroes

Let nature Sing, full-throated song

Learn more about the incredible journeys our heroes take. From learning about ospreys through to helping us understand the decline in swifts, there's lots of ways to get involved in our migration celebration.