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

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..

A flock of swifts

Conservationists concerned about late swift return

Tuesday 11 June 2019 by Jamie Wyver

Wildlife experts who work to save the UK’s dwindling swift population are concerned at the late arrival of these birds,..

A swift brick nesting box  being installed near the roof of a new-build home

Swift advice for ecologists

Tuesday 11 June 2019 by John Day

The RSPB’s John Day and fellow swift experts Dick Newell and Edward Mayer recently published a co-authored article providing..

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.

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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.

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