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.

January 2018

Edward Mayer, Swift Conservation, January talks
Tue 9th South Wilts RSPB Group
Thurs 11th Pinner RSPB Group
Mon 15th Guildford Environmental Forum
Thurs 18th Maidstone RSPB Group

Tues 9th  at 7.30 pm - RSPB South Wilts Local Group. Swifts, Keeping the Skies Alive by Edward Mayer at the Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT
Edward, an amazing Swift Champion, will inspire us with the fight to keep these iconic birds in our towns and cities. Do you know how many "Swift Cities" there now are in the UK?

There will also be RSPB and Local Group membership, RSPB Sales goods, bird food, pin badges and Tombola with refreshments available.
Local RSPB Group Members £5/Others £6/Children under 16 free

Wed 10th at 7.30pm
- Carlisle Natural History Society. Tanya & Edmund Hoare will give a talk, Our Disappearing Swifts – what we can do at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Castle St, Carlisle, CA3 8TP

Mon 15th at 7.30pm - Barrow Field Naturalists, Cumbria. Tanya & Edmund Hoare will give a talk, Our Disappearing Swifts at Trinity Church Centre, Warwick St, Barrow-in-Furness LA15 5AX.

February 2018

Edward Mayer, Swift Conservation, February talks
Thurs 8th Blackwater Valley CountrysideTrust
Thurs 22nd Lewisham Borough Swift Group

Thurs 15th at 7.30pm - Bedford Local RSPB Group. Dick Newell will give a talk, All about Swifts at the ARA club in Manton Lane Bedford MK41 7PF

Fri 16th at 7.30pm - Richmondshire RSPB, Leyburn. Tanya & Edmund Hoare will give a talk, Our Not-so-Common Swifts – what we can do at Leyburn Methodist Church Hall, 12 Railway St, Leyburn, DL8 5BB

Thurs 22nd at 7.30pm - Burton Hall, Cumbria. Tanya & Edmund Hoare will give a talk, Celebrating our Swifts at Burton Memorial Hall, Main St, Burton-in-Kendal, Cumbria LA6 1NA

Thurs 22nd at 7.30pm - North East Norfolk Birdclub. Dick Newell will give a talk All about Swifts at Aylmerton Village HallChurch Road, Aylmerton, Norfolk NR11 8PX.

March 2018

Sun 11th - Thurs 15th - 5th International Swift Conference, Tel Aviv. Following the 4 successful Swift Conferences in Berlin (2010 and 2012), Cambridge (2014), Szczecin (2016), the 5th conference will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel, 11th-15th March 2018

As well as conference sessions, there will be organised trips to local birding and Swift hotspots, including the Swifts Welcoming Ceremony at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Optional extension tours, including to Eilat are offered up to 20th March.

Full details of the conference and tours and how to register can be found here:


April 2018

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

June 2018

Sat 16th to 23rd -  2018 UK Swift Awareness Week

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 

Thursday 21st at 8:30pmSwift 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-member For more information contact Peta Sams – shropshireswifts@gmail.com 

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 www.bristolswifts.co.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.