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

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.

Swift flying with a mouthful of insects

Businesses urged to act swiftly to save incredible bird in Greater Manchester

Monday 24 June 2019 by Annabel Rushton

This Swift Awareness Week (22-30 June) the RSPB is calling on businesses across Greater Manchester to sponsor swift boxes..

Swift bricks

Swift brick nestibg box in a wall

Building a new house or planning an extension? Swift bricks are a clever way of providing homes for swifts by incorporating nesting space within a specially designed brick that blends in with the surrounding masonry. If you’re interested in swift bricks visit the Action for Swifts website and download the swift brick pdf.

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.