What we're looking for
Swifts are fantastic, highly visible, charismatic and yet deeply mysterious birds that nest right alongside us in our homes and work places. They should be an indelible feature of blue English summer skies, but they need our help - they are now on the Amber list of birds of conservation concern following a decline of 51% between 1995 and 2015. House sparrows and starlings too are in steep decline and are now on the red list. We are looking for local volunteers who can check local planning applications for building projects (e.g. new housing, urban redevelopment schemes, new public buildings) that could offer opportunities to incorporate nesting spaces (external or internal nest boxes) for urban birds like swifts and house sparrows and opportunities to provide new or enhanced green spaces to benefit urban nature. You will then respond positively to consultations, encouraging the local planning authority to press for inclusion of these enhancements in the process of granting permission.