Swift Surveyor - Bromley

Do you want to contribute to the conservation of swift populations in the area?

Thursday 14 March 2019
Vacancy type:
Practical conservation, Volunteering at home, Community groups
Various locations

What we're looking for

Do you want to contribute to the conservation of swift populations in the area? If so, we want to hear from you! Swifts are fantastic, highly visible and noisy birds that spend the winter in Africa before migrating back to UK every summer to nest in urban areas. However, they need our help as they have experienced significant declines over the last decade. To help our swifts we firstly need to know where they are. This is where you come in! We need as many volunteers as possible to survey swifts to identify colonies so that we can work towards protecting existing colonies and establishing new sites.

The skills you need

You need to be able to carry out regular morning or evening surveys between May and end-July. The surveys will involve walking along streets in your local area recording low flying groups of swifts and, where possible, identifying nesting colonies. Having some basic skills in bird ID and finding nesting sites would be beneficial, but not necessary. You should be: • Enthusiastic and committed • Prepared to engage with the public if approached while surveying Swifts are not active in poor weather so surveys need only be undertaken when it is dry. Volunteers will be assigned specific streets or urban areas. Ideally this will be close to where you live or work, but if there are overlaps we may ask you to choose another area. Perhaps your friend, family member or colleague would like to take part too?

Your time

Three surveys, up to 1 hour each
May to July

What's in it for you?

A chance to assist us with high priority conservation work. It will be an excellent opportunity to improve bird identification skills, increase knowledge of urban wildlife and contribute to the conservation of one of our best loved birds.

How to apply


Peter Smart, At home
Email: bromleyrspbrecords@gmail.com


Appropriate training will be provided and expenses will be re-imbursed where necessary. The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. Your time and skills could make a real difference to the work of the RSPB and it would be great if you could help us.

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