These breathtaking aerial acrobats are often considered to be an indicator to the arrival of summer when they reach the UK from sub-Saharan Africa in late April or early May.
However Swifts are now struggling to find nesting sites as we smarten up our homes, filling in the gaps that used to provide refuge.
You can help by providing an alternative; ready-to-move-in nest box. As Swifts spend most of their life "on-the-wing", they can find it difficult to use traditional style boxes with front facing entrance holes. This nest box has been carefully designed with the entrance hole facing downwards at an angle of approximately 45 degrees which allows the Swifts to easily fly up and into the box, increasing the likelihood of occupation.
Site the box as high as possible, ideally close to the eaves of a building and with a clear "flightpath" as Swifts need to freefall when they leave the nest.
Please note designs may vary.
If there are Swifts in the local area but they are not showing any interest in your nest box, playing pre-recorded swift calls nearby can encourage them to investigate a new nest site, please contact us for more information.
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