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Swifts in decline

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 08:54

Go to for the latest news.


Does distance between cover and bird feeders matter?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 14:03

There have several studies on this, particularly the effects of disturbance by predators on birds' feeding habits: the more disturbed they are the less feeding time they have. In the short days of winter birds appear to take greater risks of predation by feeding out in the open because foraging time is short and there may be less natural cover from leaves.

Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 13:53

Bullfinches are always good to see, and I know of several bird tables where they are regular visitors.

Swifts in decline

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 13:50


Your comment highlights the reason for collecting nest records and giving them to local wildlife organisations and to the planners even if there is no current development or repair work going on. If they are aware that there is a traditional nest-site they can look out for potential nest destruction activities in the future.

Swifts in decline

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 06:59

Hi Welshonion,

In this game it's a question of better a bit late than never - at least it's there for next year and I hope it works. Volunteers tend to be people who are already busy doing other things.

Thanks for that information kleipieper. I'm sure they know what they're doing!

I've heard lots of reports in the last week or so of people doing something about threatened sites, and as Welshonion says, it's important to contact people with the power to do something about it - but always be nice to them!

Brush Cutter

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 07:41

How familiar are you with using machinery?

Strimmer recommendation

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 07:36

How much work do you need to do with the strimmer? That will govern what you choose.

Weed or not

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 07:20

Do your neighbours prune their trees?

Swifts in decline

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 16:54

Thanks kleipiper. Something lost in translation there! I wasn't sure whether the construction was supposed to be finished, but the individual boxes need back walls. However, there are a lot of structures that are successfully attracting swifts. The swiftconservation site mentioned above does show some and links to others.

Swifts in decline

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 17:39

I thought that as Swifts are now back I'd bump this thread back to the top. The project is gaining a lot of interest around the country and there will almost certainly be something going on where you live; the co-ordinating organisations mentioned above are the best sources of information and encouragement to do some Swift work.

Anything you can do, any records or information on nest sites will be much appreciated. A few records will be much better than none at all, so don't feel you have to cover the whole district. Be a bit careful taking notes and looking at house roofs through binoculars though - they're quite close to bedroom windows!


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