As nests disappear, so do our swifts
There’s no place like home, especially for our loyal swift visitors, who right now are returning to the same nest to raise a family, here in the UK.
But this year, as has sadly been the case for the last twenty years, fewer are coming back.
A lack of suitable homes is one of the key reasons for their decline. The way we are now building and renovating our homes is shutting swifts out from their favoured nest sites, in small holes below our rooflines. As a result, we’ve lost over half of our swifts in the last 20 years.
Our amazing swifts are desperate for a home
After a gruelling non-stop 6,000-mile flight from Africa, sleeping, eating and drinking on the wing, swifts desperately need a nest to come back to and raise young.
Help save swifts from vanishing
Please help give swifts the homes they need
We urgently need your donation today to help make more homes for these wonderful birds. Your gift can help us work with housebuilders to create thousands more swift nesting sites.
Without a home, swifts have nowhere to raise this year’s young. Unless we give our swifts the homes they need, they will continue to vanish.
Please give all you can today.
Ways you can help give swifts a home
Give swifts a home in our homes
Your donation can help to encourage thousands more people to give our swifts the long-term homes they need. You could help ensure they remain as a wonderful part of our summers for years to come.
Help swifts in our neighbourhoods
Because of supporters like you, from Exeter to Oxford and Manchester to Belfast, local community groups are coming together to install more swift homes, make local planning rules swift friendly and survey swift numbers each summer.
Put swift bricks into every new home
You can help us encourage new house builders like Barratt Developments and the Duchy of Cornwall to install ‘swift bricks’ into many more new homes every year.
Make safe havens for all our summer visitors
Your donation today could help many more migrating birds in trouble, by contributing to our wider ‘Birds without Borders’ programme. You might be surprised how many of our favourite birds are summer visitors, and how few of them are now returning to our shores each summer.
Your gift can help us investigate links between population decline and food availability and give all sorts of birds a home to come back to. From building man-made nests for ospreys, to protecting woodlands for nightingales and wood warblers, to restoring heathland homes for nightjars and the island homes of manx shearwaters, your gift will help make homes where they can raise the next generation.