Swift events archive

November 2016


Fri 4th at 2pm - Dentdale Society. Tanya Hoare will give a talk Our disappearing Swifts. The Sedgwick Room, Dent Memorial Hall, Dent, Cumbria LA10 5QL
Tues 8th at 7:00pm - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s South Derbyshire local group. Nick Brown from Derbyshire Swift Conservation Project will give a talk Saving our SwiftsSharpe’s Pottery Museum, West Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 9DG  

Fri 11th at 7:45pm - Loughborough RSPB local group. Dick Newell will give a talk All about Swifts - problems and solutions. Lecture Theatre U020, Brockington Building, Loughborough University. Epinal Way, Loughborough.

Sat 12th and Sun 13th North West Bird Watching Fair at Martin Mere. Louise Bentley from Bolton and Bury Swifts will have a stand at this event. See here for more information. 

Tues 15th at 7:30pm -  Ilkeston Bird Club. Nick Brown from Derbyshire Swift Conservation Project will give a talk Saving our Swifts.
Rutland Golf Clubhouse at the bottom of West End Drive, Ilkeston. DE7 5GH.

Thu 17th  at 7:30pm - Wensum Valley Birdwatching Society. Dick Newell will give a talk All about Swifts - problems and solutionsWeston Longville Hall for All, Norfolk



Wed 23rd at 7.45pm  - Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Tanya Hoare will give a talk Our disappearing Swifts. St Mary Magdalene Church Centre, Moss Lane, Ashton-on-Mersey, Sale. Gtr Manchester M33 6GD. 

October 2016

Wedneday 5th at 7:30pm - Trent & Lower Derwent group of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Nick Brown will give a talk Saving our Swifts  at Spondon Village Hall, Sitwell Street, Spondon, DE21 7FG. See here  for more information.

Thursday 13th at 2:30pm - Paxton Pits Nature Reserve. Dick Newell will give a talk All about Swifts. Visitors Centre opposite the reserve car park on the road, leading from the village.  Post code PE19 6ET. 

Thursday 13th at 7:30pm - Rochdale Field Naturalists. Louise Bentley from Bolton and Bury Swifts will give a talk about swifts. Cutgate Baptist Church, Edenfield Rd, Rochdale. for more information contact superswifts@outlook.com


Mon 31st at 1pm -  Kendal Rotary Club. Tanya Hoare will give a talk after lunch  Our swifts are in Trouble - what we can do.


Stonecross Manor, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5HP. Prior booking essential: contact ashinchliffe@aol.com

September 2016


Sat 10th - Sun 11th - Heritage Open weekend at Ditherington Flax Mill SY1 2SZ Shropshire Swift Group will be there both days talking to visitors about swifts 

Sat 17th - Merefest - Cremone Gardens, Ellesmere. Shropshire Swift Group will be there  talking to visitors about swifts 

August 2016

Fri 19th - Sun 21st August Birdfair, Egleton Rutland. Swift Conservation & Action for Swifts will be showcasing Swifts, highlighting the challenges they face, including their spectacular migrations to Africa and back, and providing free information on ideas for action to help end their sad decline. Attraction call equipment, nest boxes and videos will be on display. Booklets, badges, attraction call kits and swift nest boxes will be on sale. Find out all about Swifts and join the Swifts Local Network! Talk to us about what you can do in your home, church or school to help Swifts!

July 2016
Friday 1st Swift Stroll around Sedbergh. Arranged by Sedbergh Walking and Cycling Group and led by Sedbergh Community Swifts: Looking for swift nesting places and at places where boxes and bricks have been put up. Meet Loftus Hill car park 7.30pm. LA10 5RX.  Contact Tanya Hoare ta.hoare@btinternet.com

Thursday 7th - Swift Walk around Shrewsbury - arranged by Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Shropshire Swift Group.  Meet outside The Cut Visitor Centre, Abbey Foregate, SY2 6AH at 8:30pm for a walk along the river to look for swifts and swift nest sites. Finish by 10pm but leave whenever you need to. For more information contact Peta Sams shropshireswifts@gmail.com


Friday 8th - Sedbergh Swift Spotting - a stroll around the area looking for swifts and nest sites with Sedbergh Community Swifts, and maybe time for a friendly drink too. .

Meet Joss Lane car park 8.30pm. LA10 5AD.  Contact Tanya Hoare ta.hoare@btinternet.com


Sunday 10th - Swift Discovery Day at Pennington Flash - drop in anytime between 10am and 4pm at St Helens Rd, Leigh WN7 3PA


Join RSPB, Greater Manchester Ecology Unit and Bolton and Bury Swifts for fun family-friendly activities as well up close up views of these amazing birds. For more information contact superswifts@outlook.com

Wednesday 13th (19:30) - Fulbourn Swift Group, Dick Newell will give a talk All about Swifts , The Swifts meeting rooms, Haggis Gap, Fulbourn, CB21 5HD. This will be followed by an escorted Swift walk around The Swifts estate.


Thursday 14th - Swift stroll around Dent - a gentle stroll around the village, looking for swift nesting places. Should be time for a friendly drink too!

Meet Dent car park 8.30pm. LA10 5QJ. Contact Tanya Hoare ta.hoare@btinternet.com


Save Our Suffolk Swifts  - evening events in July

Join us at one of these three events across Suffolk for an illustrated talk by Edward Jackson on the amazing lives of Swifts followed by a walk to look out for local Swift colonies. All events start at 19:00. 

  • Wednesday 6th: Old Felixstowe Community Centre, Ferry Road, Felixstowe, IP11 9NB
  • Thursday 14th: St Mary's Church, Bungay, NR35 1AX
  • Wednesday 27th: The Centre, St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1SN

All events are free, but donations are very welcome. Please book for the event of your choice at: suffolkwildlifetrust.org/whats-on

For more information and to log Swift sightings and nest locations in Suffolk visit:


SOS Swifts is a joint project led by Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Suffolk Ornithologists' Group  

Saturday 23rd - Chaddesden Swift Group will have a display at the Derwent Community Fair to be held at St Phillip’s Church, Taddington Road, Chaddesden, Derby DE21 6JU


Saturday 23rd - Sedbergh Artisan Market - Sedbergh Community Swifts have a stall with displays, boxes , attraction calls. LA10 5AD. 9am - 2pm Contact Tanya Hoare ta.hoare@btinternet.com


Tues-Thurs July 26th-28th - Hampshire Swifts representatives will be present on the Hampshire Ornithological Society stand at the New Forest Show with leaflets and swift badges for sale. Drop in and learn more about these fabulous birds.

June 2016

until June 29th Oriel y Parc, St Davids, SA62 6NW - Swifts Round a Tower. This father and daughter joint exhibition has been inspired by Peter’s life-long fascination with the swift. It is a wonderful display in words and sculpture. The conservation-led exhibition also includes a short film produced and sponsored by Pembrokeshire-based Rebecca Naden, the distinguished professional photographer. Peter's poetry book and Elly's ceramics are for sale with proceeds helping swift conservation. full information can be seen here.


Fri 10th (1pm - 6pm) & 

Sat 11th June (10am - 5pm) - Cambridge Natural History Society Conversazione, Action for Swifts will again have a display at this event. Department of Zoology, Downing Street, Cambridge.



Saturday 18th (9am - 2pm) - Sedbergh Artisan Market and Cyclo-Sportive event:

Sedbergh Community Swifts have a stall with displays, boxes , attraction calls. LA10 5AD

Wednesday 22nd - Swift Walk around Shrewsbury - arranged by Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Shropshire Swift Group.  Meet outside The Cut Visitor Centre, Abbey Foregate, SY2 6AH at 8:30pm for a walk along the river to look for swifts and swift nest sites. Finish by 10pm but leave whenever you need to. For more information contact Peta Sams shropshireswifts@gmail.com


Friday 24th Sedbergh Swift Spotting  - a stroll around the area looking for swifts and nest sites with Sedbergh Community Swifts, maybe with time for a friendly drink too.
Meet Joss Lane car park 8.30pm. LA10 5AD.  Contact Tanya Hoare - ta.hoare@btinternet.com

Friday 24th - Chaddesden Swift Group will have a display at the Leesbrook Community School Summer Fair 
Leesbrook Community School, Morley Road, Chaddesden, Derby, DE21 4QX

Sunday 26th June, 13:00 to 17:00 - Fulbourn Feast, Action for Swifts will have a display with Swift boxes, attraction call kits, books and videos. Fulbourn Recreational Ground, Cambridge, CB21 5BS.

Monday 27th - Swift Walk around Clun - arranged by Clun Branch of Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Shropshire Swift Group.  Details tbc. For more information contact Peta Sams shropshireswifts@gmail.com 

Thursday 30th - Swift Walk around Shrewsbury - arranged by Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Shropshire Swift Group.  Meet outside The Cut Visitor Centre, Abbey Foregate, SY2 6AH at 8:30pm for a walk along the river to look for swifts and swift nest sites. Finish by 10pm but leave whenever you need to. For more information contact Peta Sams shropshireswifts@gmail.com

May 2016

Thu 12th from 9am - 2pm - Welcoming the Swifts at Ludlow Local Produce Market. Call in and find out about our summer visitors who have just arrived back in the town for the summer.


Thu 12th 7:00pm - "Keeping the Skies Alive - Helping Swifts & Swallows". Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation is talking  at the Froyle Wildlife Group. All are welcome. See http://froylewildlife.co.uk/walks-and-talks-2016/ for more information.
Sat 14th & Sun 15th
 from 7pm - Welcoming the Swifts at The Charlton Arms, Ludford Bridge, Ludlow, SY8 1PJ. Our 3rd year of swift spotting from the balcony of the pub overlooking the River Teme. A fantastic spot to see swifts, house martins, dippers and who knows what else. Find out more about swifts from the our displays and members of Ludlow Swift Group will be there to answer any questions.

Tues 24th from 8pm to 9pm - Welcoming the Swifts in the garden of 55 Norfolk Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7AU. Members of the Maidenhead, Marlow and Cookham Swift Group and friends will be gathering (weather permitting) to have drinks on the lawn, watch the swifts above the house and hear a short talk from local bird ringing specialist Paul Warham. Suggested donation £2. Find out more about the group here.

April 2016

Fri 1st April at 
7:30pm - St Mary's Church, Buckden, Dick Newell is giving a talk All about Swifts - the sound of an English summer! As this is a fund raiser for the church, there will be a £5 admission charge.


Sat 2nd April at 2:30pm - Wells Natural History & Archaeological Society, A talk by Ray Overall centred on the Swift colony using the tower at Oxford University Museum, where he is a member of the team continuing the survey started by David Lack in 1947. His talk will also include a short film made about the project in the 1980s. At the conclusion of his talk, Rosina Robinson will give an update of her study of Swifts breeding in Wells. Venue: Wells & Mendip Museum, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells BA5 2UE Members of the Wells Natural History & Archaeological Society have free entry and visitors pay £2.00. Details here

Sat 2nd April
 Hampshire Ornithological Society, Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation is giving a talk on Swifts.

Thur 7th - Sun 10th April
 The International Swift Seminars 2016 - Szczecin, Poland


Tues 12th April at 7:30pm -  Altrincham Natural History Society. Tanya & Edmund Hoare give a talk Our Disappearing Swifts at Jubilee Centre, Bowdon, Altrincham. See http://www.altnats.org.uk/

Wed 20th April at 7:30pm - Nick Brown of Derbyshire Swift Group is giving a talk titled Saving Our Swifts for Derbyshire Mid-Badger Group at  The Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Wharf, Mill Lane Cromford, DE4 3RQ.


Mon 25th April at 7:30pm - Sedbergh Walking & Cycling Group: Tanya & Edmund Hoare give a talk Searching for Swifts in People's Hall, Sedbergh. http://www.sedbergh.org.uk/events/ 

Thur 28th April  River Waveney Trust, Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation is giving a talk on Swiftsbook here

Sat 30th April - A course about swifts in Sevilla. There will be several talks, conducted by ornithologists who work with swifts and also nest-box building. For more information see http://vidasilvestreiberica.org/vencejos/
March 2016

Tue 8th - Thur 10th March Ecobuild, Swift Conservation is exhibiting on stand E7108, Excel, London


Mon 14th March at 7:30pm - Bakewell Bird Study Group. Tanya & Edmund Hoare give a talk Our Not-so-Common Swifts at Friends Meeting house, Main St.,Bakewell http://www.bakewellbirdstudygroup.org.uk

Wed 16th March
 at 7:30pm - Shropshire Wildlife Trust - Clun Branch at Hightown Room, Vicarage Road, Clun. Peta Sams of Shropshire Swift Group is giving a talk on Swifts with an emphasis on swifts in Shropshire. Contact meminson@btinternet.com or 01588 640921


Thurs 17th March at 7:45pm -  Lancaster RSPB. Tanya & Edmund Hoare give a talk Our Disappearing Swifts at St Paul's Hala Centre, Scotforth, Lancaster. See http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/lancaster/

Sat 19th March - Essex Bird Watching Society conference: Migration 'Out of Africa'Swift Conservation and Action for Swifts will have a display showcasing Swifts, nest boxes, and Swift migration. Writtle College, Northumberland Lecture Theatre, Lordship Lane, Writtle, CM1 3RP

Tues 22nd March at 7:30pm - RSPB Shrewsbury Branch Bayston Hill Memorial Hall. Peta Sams of Shropshire Swift Group is giving a talk on Swifts together with Anna Nicholas from Cuan Wildlife Rescue

Thu 24th March - 
 Brighton RSPB Group, Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation is giving a talk on Swiftsbook here

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