In Bradford on Avon the arrival from Africa of the Swifts, screaming round the town as they must have been doing since the building of the Saxon church, marks for many the true beginning of summer. But numbers of these amazing birds are dropping and so it was decided to set up a special group devoted to swifts as an offshoot of the biodiversity group.
Bradford's old roofs provide wonderful nesting spaces for these birds but as roofs are insulated and repaired these spaces are gradually being lost so one aim of the group has been to put up nest boxes and to encourage the installation of nest bricks in new buildings. Nest boxes have been installed in the towers of Holy Trinity and Westwood churches.
It is important to know where Swifts are nesting in the town. Swifts return to the same nesting space year after year and if it has been blocked they will probably not nest at all that year.
To join us and help us to keep on helping Swifts please email email@example.com
THINGS TO DO
- Learn how to tell Swifts from Swallows and Martins. This video is a good way to start
- If you know where Swifts are nesting, email firstname.lastname@example.org so the owners of the building can be alerted that they have nesting Swifts
- As much as nesting spaces, swifts need food, and that means insects: minimise your use of sprays in the garden, leave wild corners and remember that so-called weeds are really valuable to insects and often very pretty too!
- Download this little book about swifts – great for children and adults too
SWIFTS GROUP ARTICLES
Two videos to watch: this one is Bristol based and follows a family of swifts inside a nest box
June 7 was World Swift Day, do watch this moving tribute to swifts from Jane Goodall
In the warm days of May up to 40 Swifts together could be spotted wheeling over Bradford on Avon and young birds were throwing themselves in a frenzy of exploration…
Our swifts are back, a wonderful glimpse of freedom in these restricted days. At the moment it is the breeders who are back
It’s late summer 2019 and by the time you read this the skies over Bradford on Avon will be quiet and the Swifts well on their way
All over the UK events were held as part of Swift Awareness Week (June 22 -30) to highlight the decline in numbers of these amazing birds
Volunteers needed! To monitor swifts especially nesting sites. Let us know if you see a swift go into or out of
A count seems to indicate that there are around 100 swifts presently using our space
June 16th – 23rd was the first ever National Swift Awareness Week and the Bradford on Avon Swift Group
During 2012/13 we decided to monitor swifts. BoA is very fortunate to be visited by these wonderful birds, who make their homes in this area. They are dependent on the…