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Swift Conservation

The aim of this section of the site is to focus attention on the need to protect the nesting sites, wherever possible, of Swifts in Sussex. These birds are declining for several reasons, one being due to their nesting areas being destroyed. In conjunction with Edward Mayer and it is hoped that we can continue to highlight the help that can be given to these wonderful birds.


Nesting Swift Records - 2010
Sunday, 23 January 2011

It's that time of year to send in your 2010 nesting swift records.  Please send details of date when seen, address of building and how many birds seen entering the building/house either to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or fill in the RSPB's form at This is quite an easy inventory and the RSPB are saying they have had a good response in 2010.     

Also I have new stock of Swift boxes which are free to members, but I ask for a donation from non members in Sussex if they already have Swifts nesting nearby.  Birds will only be attracted to these boxes if other Swifts are nesting close by. 

Audrey - Swift Champion


Swift Season 2010
Friday, 13 August 2010

The Swift season has literally flown past and now these lovely birds are returning south again.   More Swift boxes have been given out, and records of new nesting sites have been sent to me.  Some people are saying they have seen more birds this year whilst others think numbers are down. These birds are so hard to quantify.  Please continue to send me your records ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or go to the RSPB website at and fill in their swift inventory form (help us to help Swifts) with details of where and when you have seen Swifts in Sussex.

Mayor of London launches Swift survey and nestbox programme!
Sunday, 20 June 2010

Dear Swift Friends,

It is with the greatest pleasure that I send to you the Press Notice launching the Mayor of London's scheme to help Swifts in the Capital.

We have been working closely with the Mayor's Office, the Greater London Assembly, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to achieve this, and we hope it will do a lot to stop the decline of our Swift population in the capital. With Swift nests being recorded in greater numbers than ever before, and with a nestbox programme getting, we hope, mainstream media publicity, we should see a rise in interest in helping Swifts. At least, I hope so!

With all best wishes, yours, Edward Mayer

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Swift Radio Programme
Saturday, 08 May 2010

This message has been received from Edward Mayer, and I wondered if any SOS member might have migrated from London to Sussex in the past or can remember a huge number of breeding birds somewhere in Sussex, and can help with this Radio 4 programme.

Hello there,


I am a producer working on the above series and my role is to travel around the UK and collect memories of the past abundance of wildlife in the UK. We would like to do a piece about SWIFTS as I am sure many people remember just how many there were in our towns and cities within living memory.

I guess we are looking for people, in the main, who may be over sixty and whose memory might span the pre war years in the 30’s and through to the 50’s, before the intensification of agriculture. I am sure we will be able to interview more than one person too.

Please do get in touch - do call on 07785 282411.
I look forward to hearing from you,
With best wishes,
Sarah Pitt.

Sarah Pitt
Senior Producer
Office: 01275 375861
mobile: 07785 282411
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National Nest Box Week is This Week!
Tuesday, 16 February 2010

It's not just Blue Tits that need homes,
Swifts need them too!

This week is National Nest Box Week - put one up!



Click here to find out more

You can buy a Zeist type Swift nest box for just £12 plus postage

See our website at!.htm


Swift Conservation - - Keeping the Skies Alive!

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