Swift events diary

This page lists Swift-related events, such as lectures, Swift welcoming and farewell events, as well as display and exhibition events. If you would like an event to be listed here, then please send to actionforswifts@gmail.com or swiftslocalnetwork@gmail.com

Events in the past are listed on the Archive page.

April 2018

Tues April 10th at 7.30pm - Lancashire Ornithologists Club. Tanya and Edmund Hoare will give a talk Our Not-so-Common Swifts - what we can do at St Anne's Parish Hall, Wheatley Lane, Fence, Lancashire BB12 9AP

Wed 18th at 7.30pm  - North Staffs RSPB. Tanya & Edmund Hoare will give a talk, Our Not-so-Common Swifts – what we can do at North Staffordshire Conference Centre, Hartshill Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7NY

Mon April 23rd at 7.30pm - Kirby Lonsdale Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Tanya and Edmund Hoare will give a talk The Extraordinary Life of Swifts at  Lunesdale Hall, Bective Road, Kirby Lonsdale, Cumbria LA6 2BG

Wed 25th - RSPB workshop: New builds and birds. This interactive course for architects, ecologists and planners will review policy obligations and introduce delegates to the species most likely to nest in or on new buildings. It will highlight the need to focus on the species in most need of conservation action, and how best to provide for them in new developments. There will be emphasis on house sparrows and swifts and we’ll review the options available for starlings and house martins.
Location: National Self Build and Renovation Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 8UB
More information. Contact conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk

June 2018

16th-23rd June
If anyone reading about the events already planned during Swift Awareness Week (June 16-23) wants to get involved with swift conservation work or even run an event about swifts during the week do please get in touch by emailing the organiser, Nick Brown on:

Date and time to be confirmed - Kinoulton Swift Awareness Eveningsat St. Luke’s Church, Main Street, Kinoulton, Nottinghamshire, NG12 3EW. Kinoulton Swift Group will be holding an informal gathering to watch swifts both at the nest (via TV in church) and flying/screaming over the churchyard. Please contact Carol Collins carolwcollins61@gmail.com or 01949 81798 if you are interested. Donations to St Luke's welcome. See https://sites.google.com/a/kinoulton.com/kinoulton-village/home/kinoulton-churchyard-conservation-pro

Saturday 16th - Swift workshop at NWT Cley Marshes: Dick Newell will explore the lives of these amazing birds. He will discuss their behaviour, ecology, migration journeys, and the importance of conserving these birds. An illustrated talk, , including examples of successful nest box case studies, will be followed by a guided walk to a swift nest site.
Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm
Cost: £16 NWT members, £19 non-members
Booking essential: 01263 740008

Saturday 16th from 6:00 - 9:00pm - A Swift half -  North Wales Wildlife Trust are holding an evening celebrating swift conservation in North Wales at Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre, Capel Curig, LL24 0ET
Find out what North Wales Wildlife Trust are doing to help declining populations of swifts, and how you can get involved. See swift nest sites and newly-installed nest-boxes on the buildings. Get a bite to eat and a drink from the Plas y Brenin bar, and hopefully watch some swifts arrive as dusk approaches. For more information contact Ben Stammers - benstammers@wildlifetrustswales.org 01248 351541.

Saturday 16th from 8:00 - 9:00pm - Swift walk and talk Salisbury- Come along and hear all about marvellous magical Swifts - see them for yourself, swirling in the skies. Meet outside Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury, Wilts SP1 2EE. This event is a fundraiser for the Salisbury and Wilton Swifts Project run by Daniel Kronenberg - contact dankron@hotmail.co.uk or 07791 849372. Roughly one hour long, but may be up to 1.5 hours.Cost £5

Saturday 16th from 8:30pm - Swift spectacular - Join  Shropshire Wildlife Trust at Llanfyllin Workhouse, Llanfyllin, Powys SY22 5LDThe old workhouse holds a colony of 30+ nesting swifts.  Come along and watch packs of them race around the building and listen to their screams bouncing off the courtyard walls. A guided tour to learn their extraordinary life story. No booking needed. Cost - £2 Shropshire Wildlife Trust members/£3 non-members
For more information contact Sarah Gibson - Sarah.gibson2@btinternet.com or 01691 662745.

Saturday 17th from 1:00 - 4:00pm - Swift Awareness Day at Secret Garden SalisburyCome to Secret Garden Salisbury, St Clements Churchyard Mill Road, Salisbury,Wilts SP2 7RX to hear about the work that Salisbury and Wilton Swifts are doing to help Swifts locally. Find out more about this amazing bird and how you can help the project. Advice and help on positioning nest boxes. Activities for children and buy a Swift biscuit! Free event but donations accepted. contact Daniel Kronenberg - dankron@hotmail.co.uk or 07791 849372.

Sunday 17th from 7:00pm - Swift watch - Join Ludlow Swift Group at Charlton Arms,Ludford Bridge, SY8 1PJ. Come and watch and learn about swifts - and other birds - over the River Teme from the top balcony of the pub. Free event. Contact shropshireswifts@gmail.com for more information.

Monday 18th Swift Lunch Break – 
Drop-in stall with display and information run by Cherwell Swifts for Council and Housing Association Staff only. There will be information on Swifts, the Cherwell Swifts project, how the Council has already helped Swifts, ideas for the future including other wildlife at the site.

Monday 18th from 8:00 - 9:00pm - Swift walk and talk Wilton - Come along and hear all about marvellous magical Swifts - see them for yourself, swirling in the skies. Meet outside The Greyhound Inn, 4 Market Place, Wilton, Salisbury SP2 0HT. This event is a fundraiser for the Salisbury and Wilton Swifts Project run by Daniel Kronenberg - contact dankron@hotmail.co.uk or 07791 849372. Roughly one hour long, but may be up to 1.5 hours.Cost £5

Tuesday 19th 8:00pm - dusk - Tring Swift Talk and Walk – Wild Tring have arranged a talk by Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation at Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, Tring HP23 5BA which will be followed by a walk to see swifts flying low around the town. Free event but donations welcome. No booking needed. Contact vicduxbury@hotmail.com for more information.

Tuesday 19th from 8:00 - 10:00pm -  Lymington Swift Walk – An evening walk  arranged by Hampshire Swifts round the New Forest town of Lymington taking in 3 of the best Swift breeding colonies in the town, ending at the Kings Arms public house for an amazing finale of Swift aerobatics and refreshments. Park in the main car park behind Marks and Spencer on St Thomas’s Street (SZ321963 - post code SO41 9NA)(free from 6pm) and meet at the ticket machines for 2000 departure. For more information contact Andy Broadhurst andy@tali.me.uk / 07941 349002. Note - no booking needed but  good sightings of Swifts are dependent on fine weather so please email/call leader in advance of travelling to check if the walk is on. Free events but donations welcome.

Tuesday 19th from 8:15pm - dusk - An Evening Swift Walk – An evening walk arranged by Chaddesden in Derby Swift Group. A gentle stroll to look at the local swift colonies and enjoy the social behaviour of these wonderful birds as the sun sets. Please book via enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk or 01773 881188 (office hours). Maximum 15 people. Free event.

Wednesday 20th from 7pm An Evening Walk with the Swifts of Hathersage – A short walk around the swift hotspots of Hathersage arranged by Hathersage Swift Group. No booking needed. Meet at Hathersage Swimming Pool, Odd Fellows Road, S32 1DU. For more information phone 01773 881188. Free event.

Wednesday 20th -  7:30pm - A Swifts Half hour - or so – Meeting in the Castle Hotel, Market Square, Bishops Castle, SY9 5BN. Look at local swift nest sites then a short walk to Castle Green to watch a colony of at least 9 nests. No booking needed. For more information contact 01588638851 or richard@decorative-antiques.co.uk .  Free event but donations welcome.

Wednesday 20th from 7:30 - 9pmSummer Swifts Walk - Architecture & Biodiversity in De Beauvoir - arranged by Hackney Swifts Group and Islington Swifts Group. Guided walk starting at De Beauvoir Square, London N1 4LD by an award-winning local architect in an historic area excellent for swifts, finishing at The Scolt Head pub which already has one swift box installed and will hopefully have an operational swifts call system in place by this summer. There are more than 20 swifts nesting boxes in this area and some of these will be seen en route.Booking essential - contact Mike Priaulx debeauvoirswifts@gmail.com. Free event but there is a suggested donation of £5 for a local charity. See www.islingtonswifts.wordpress.com and Twitter: @hackney_swifts and @islingt_swifts for more information about these groups.

Thursday 21st at 7:30pm - Banbury Swift Stroll – A gentle walk around Banbury town centre to watch and learn about Swifts near some of their nest places. Arranged by Cherwell Swift Group. Part of Banbury Swift Watch 2018. Free event but Booking essential - contact Chris Mason - mason@cando.eclipse.co.uk

Thursday 21st at 7:45pm - Mid Summer Swift Walk – arranged by Bradford on Avon Swift Group together with Bradford on Avon Walkers are Welcome. Starting at Westbury Gardens this walk around town will be looking for where Swifts are nesting , hopefully including viewing the monitor for the Holy Trinity church nestbox cameras ( If installed, if used….). Booking essential. Cost - £5 members. For more information and booking contact Rowena Quantrill - rowena.quantrill@btinternet.com

Thursday 21st at 8:30pm - Swift Walk – an amble around Ludlow town centre watching and learning about the swifts who use our buildings to breed each summer. Meet at Ludlow war memorial – at entrance to Castle Square car park SO 51025 74631. Note – if it is a wet evening this event will be rescheduled to a subsequent Thursday.Cost - £2 members for Shropshire Wildlife Trust members /£3 non-members. For more information contact Peta Sams – shropshireswifts@gmail.com

Friday 22nd from 6:45pm - dusk - An Evening of Swift Watching in Chesterfield – An evening walk arranged by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Geoff Thorndike and Jacky Hall invite you to watch the swifts that nest under their tiles in Newbold and learn about their amazing lives. 11 pairs nest with up to 40 swifts flying overhead making their spectacular ‘screaming party’ displays. Coffee and tea provided. Nest boxes for sale. Please book via enquries@derbyshirewt.co.uk or 01773 881188 (office hours). Free event.

Friday 22nd from 8:00 - 9:00pm - Swift SurveyingHow to do it and how to report your findingsLearn why it’s important to survey Swifts for population changes and how to find nest sites in order to preserve these nesting spaces. Advice on reporting to various online databases will be given too. Be part of the growing number of people who are making a positive impact for Swifts.  Meet outside Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury, Wilts SP1 2EE. Free event but donations accepted. Contact  Daniel Kronenberg - contact dankron@hotmail.co.uk or 07791 849372. for more information.

Saturday 23rd from 8:30pm - dusk - Swift Walk around Melbourne – A 2 km (1¼ mile) walk arranged by Melbourne Swift Group around the core nesting area for Swifts in Melbourne, south Derbyshire at the end of the day when they are likely to be most visible. As well as watching and hearing the birds, you will hear all about their amazing lives and why they need our help. Numbers limited to 20. Please book via enquries@derbyshirewt.co.uk or 01773 881188 (office hours). Free event.

Saturday 23rd from 10am to 1pm - Swift/Garden Open Day at Swift House, 9 Lyndale Avenue, Bristol, BS9 1BS. Visit this wildlife friendly garden with swift colony. Opportunity to see and learn about swifts via live cameras from nest boxes all around the house. Also lots of information about swifts with details of what can be done to help. Swift cards, DVD’s and plants for sale. All proceeds to Gillian Westray - a local swift rehabilitator.
Cost - £3 Adults. Children Free. 
For more information contact 
Mark & Jane Glanville bristolswifts@gmail.com and see

Tuesday 26th - RSPB workshop: Retrofitting buildings for birds. This is an interactive course for architects and ecologists. It will introduce delegates to the birds most likely to nest in buildings. It will review the legal obligations, what to look for and how to protect, mitigate and or enhance the nesting opportunities. There will be particular emphasis on declining priority species such as the house sparrow and swift, and also rural species such as the barn owl.
Location: National Self Build and Renovation Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 8UB
More informationContact conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk

Saturday 30th - 2nd Annual Hampshire Swift Day in Romsey
Our first Swift Day in Portsmouth last year was a roaring success and we intend to build on this in a much bigger venue and more ambitious plans.
In the main hall we will have presentations on the progress we have made in Hampshire since we set up in 2016 and an outline of our exciting plans for the future. In addition a prominent local Swift enthusiast will be explaining her philosophy for expanding the provision of Swift nest sites in small communities and our keynote speaker, Edward Mayer, will be enthusing our audience on engaging with local authorities, planners and developers to create bio-diverse, Swift-friendly developments.
The exhibition room will have a range of interesting stands and activities for adults and children.

Drinks, snacks and light lunches will be available throughout the day.

We are also hoping to offer Swift walks in the early evening. Romsey has good numbers of Swifts within easy reach of the conference hall.
All are welcome, entrance is free but donations will be accepted. For more information contact Andy Broadhurst - andy@tali.me.uk


  1. If you only do one thing this year put a swift box up,we put two up in April one ocupied in May Swiflets left third week in August made our year. Mike (Sawston cambs)

  2. You have done Well Mike - especially as you did not play attraction calls.