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Swifts could be extinct in 20 years

Swift numbers are dropping alarmingly and there is a chance swifts could be extinct within 20 years.

There has been a 40% drop in the numbers of migatory birds over the last 15 years.

Swifts  used to be able to nest –

  • In open eaves
  • under loose roof tiles
  • in holes in walls

Because of repairs and modern building techniquest these nesting sites are no longer there.

Eaves are

  • sealed
  • or fitted with slatted grilles

Tiles are now

  • fitted without gaps.

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All swifts need is

  • a tiny edge of a gable or under an eave

  • for new buildings you can buy nesting boxes very cheaply.

Swifts make a 14,000 mile return journey to winter in South Africa. It is sad that there is nowhere for them to nest when they get here.

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There are many ways we can help the swift. 

You do not have to have a garden to help the Swift.  It is nesting sites they need and they can be provided without a garden.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT ABOUT WAYS TO HELP THE SWIFT

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A lot of birds are declining in numbers the sparrow and the swift are but two of them.  I hope this is a good year for our feathered friends. 

Last year I thought we had fewer swallows stay the summer than normal.

I get a lot of birds in my garden every day and sometimes forget how their numbers are dropping.

It’s good to think we can help.  I have a sparrow nesting in a bird box I put up.  I put a variety of bird food out every day.

Hedges, shrubs and trees that were planted before I was born give food and shelter to a lot of birds near to where I live.

It would be great if everyone in Britain just took a little time to help out native birds.  Here’s hoping.