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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.

Latest swift news

Act swiftly to save incredible bird in Greater Manchester

Friday 15 February 2019 by Annabel Rushton

The RSPB is calling on homeowners and businesses in towns and cities across Greater Manchester to take simple steps to help..

Magical moments with swifts

Thursday 14 February 2019 by Peta Sams

The first swift sighting of the year is a magical moment, says Peta Sams, who harnesses her passion for these birds to encourage..

Campaigning for swift boxes

Wednesday 13 February 2019 by Dick Newell

Dick Newell has helped to install hundreds of swift nestboxes around Cambridge and Suffolk - he says many more are needed..

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