Swiftly vanishing

  • 57%

    of our swifts vanished between 1995 and 2017
  • 70mph

    Swifts are the world’s fastest birds in level flight
  • 6,000

    mile non-stop migration from Africa each year
Our target

£216000

206193

Help us reach it

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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 since 1995 we have seen a steady decline in the numbers coming back.

We’ve lost over half of our swifts in the last 20 years and a lack of suitable homes can be a major problem for them. The way we are now constructing and renovating our houses and other buildings is depriving swifts of suitable nest sites, in small holes and cavities in our eaves and roofs.

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.

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

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£25

could help run and improve our online Swift Mapper system
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£50

could help a community group to install more swift boxes
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£100

could help our scientists identify ways to save swifts and other summer visitors

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.

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.