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Save our Swifts

Posted by GT 
Save our Swifts
May 19, 2016 03:45PM
Can someone please make this sticky?

We all know Swifts are in decline so why stand by and watch your local colony disappear when there are things you can do to help.

Recording low flying screaming parties and especially known nest sites on the RSPB Swift Inventory will allow existing sites to be flagged up to local councils for conservation action. []

Keeping an eye open for renovation work on buildings with nesting Swifts near you is really important. Often people don't even know they are nesting but will be willing to leave access to nesting holes when made aware that they are present.

Locally we have recently put boxes up on our office at Cameron House on the White Cross Estate, advised Lancaster Grammar School who have also put boxes up on their music building on Moor Gate and several keen home owners have done likewise in both Lancaster and now Caton. If you know anyone who would be interested in putting up boxes please get in touch.

You can follow progress on Twitter @LancasterSwifts or contact me on 07814 462429 and I'll put you in contact with Jane McVickers in Lancaster who is fast becoming our local Swift hero.

Gavin Thomas, RSPB.
Re: Save our Swifts
May 19, 2016 06:21PM
Hi Gav. Can I suggest that you post key trends on the twitter feed on here to reach a significant number of people who don't do twitter. Thanks.
Re: Save our Swifts
May 31, 2016 05:52AM
Swifts in the Community Cumbria and North Lancashire has active groups in Arnside, Silverdale, Warton, Carnforth, Yealand, Milnthorpe, Heversham, Burton, Holme, Kendal and Grange. The project is supported by RSPB Leighton Moss, and by Arnside & Silverdale AONB. As well as identifying and monitoring nest sites the project speaks to all property owners where swift nests are identified, and puts out information at village level about swifts, e.g via Parish Magazines.
Volunteers on the project have found that property owners welcome swifts nesting in their property, and are keen to accommodate swifts when making home improvements. While we focus on maintaining existing sites there are now a number of properties with nest boxes, which we have supplied.
The project is always looking for more volunteers and contact details will be found on the project's website:
Re: Save our Swifts
June 04, 2016 06:03PM
Hi John
I assume this group also stresses the equal importance of facilitating nesting house Martin . It would be a shame if these are perceived as second class citizens leading to some people, like a certain cafe, perceiving them as a unwanted 'mess'. Hence publicising the BTO house Martin survey and changing the perception of them by at least one resident in the wray area!
Re: Save our Swifts
September 07, 2016 03:37PM
Hi all

This excellent new Swift brick has just been launched. Worth mentioning to anyone engaged in a new build / developers / planners etc. []

Re: Save our Swifts
August 08, 2017 02:07PM
The RSPB has produced letter templates covering 3 situations:- i) Swifts present at major developments, ii) No existing swift nests but potential and iii) Swifts potentially threatened by renovation. These can be downloaded from the ELOC website modified as appropriate and sent to the relevant local planning authority. Guidance on using the letters and an Annex full of information on swift nest sites can also be downloaded.

Tony Cooper
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