Common swift Apus apus, birds flying over rooftops of terrace houses, Luton, Bedfordshire, England

New nest sites

Many individuals and local authorities are already doing a lot for swifts. Some examples can be found on the Swift Conservation and Action for Swifts websites.

Creating new nest sites

Whether you are a private householder, planner, architect or developer, if you’ve created new nest sites we would like you to provide some more information about them, to help us help swifts.

Why do we want to know?

Knowing what provision has already been made around the country, and how effective this has been, is very important for swift conservation. This will assist us to improve any help and advice we are able to give and promote good practice.

How you can help?

Please download the swift nest sites questionnaire form from this page and tell us about the types of nest site you have provided. If you know of anyone else that has provided new nests, please direct them to this page or give them a copy of the form.

It's quicker and easier for us if you fill out the form on your computer and email it back to us. Alternatively, you can print it out and post it to:

Swifts – Species Recovery Unit,
The RSPB,
The Lodge,
Sandy,
Bedfordshire SG19 2BR

Images

Please do not email images, as these will be stripped out. If you would like to submit pictures, please indicate this in your email and we can arrange for them to be received.

Swift nestbox

Downloads

This form has been designed for people who have installed artificial nest sites for swifts. Your answers will help us understand how effective different artificial nest sites have been so we can provide better advice in the future. Word doc, 113Kb.

Swift nest site questionnaire

What else are we doing?

In recent years, a number of birds found in gardens and built-up areas have joined the red and amber lists of Birds of Conservation Concern.

To try to reverse these declines we encourage good habitat management of gardens, buildings and green spaces.

We therefore work with homeowners, gardeners, local authorities, social housing landlords, builders and developers, providing advice on how best to do this.

Protecting existing nest sites and providing new nesting opportunities is vital to secure the future of our urban wildlife, even more so for swifts as they return to the same nest sites year after year.  

With new residential developments, good practice is one roosting/nesting cavity or integral nest brick per residential unit – most commercial industrial and public buildings will offer similar opportunities.

Having plenty of green space, both public and private, within the built environment is a key feature for ensuring the health and well-being of residents as well as the wildlife that should occupy our parks and gardens.