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 April 11th at 2.30pm - Lyndhurst U3A. Andy Broadhurst of Hampshire Swifts will give a talk “Conserving Hampshire’s Swifts” at Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7NY

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

Fri 20th at 7:30pm - A talk for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust by Nick Brown in two halves: the second of which is about Swifts in Derbyshire at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Farm Road, Duffield DE56 4FS

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

Friday 15th from 7:00pm - A Swift Talk and Walk around Tilehurst Illustrated talk about Swifts, the challenges they face and what we can do to help, followed by a walk around the village centre to see Swifts and where they nest. Meet at Tilehurst Methodist Church, 26 School Road, Tilehurst, RG31 5AN. Free event but donations to cover the cost of the room rental will be invited. No booking needed. Contact Ailsa Claybourn Ailsaclaybourn@yahoo.co.uk 07477085246

Nearly 40 events - do have a look and see what's happening.
16th-23rd June

Click on image above to see map of events across the country
and find something happening near you.

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 - swiftawarenessweek@gmail.com

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

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 information. Contact conservation-advice@rspb.org.uk

Thursday 28th from 8pm - Swift Stroll in Kirby Lonsdale, Cumbria. All are very welcome to join us to watch swifts flying around various parts of town. Meet at 8pm in the Market Square LA6 2AE, followed by optional drinks at the Royal Hotel. Organised by Sedbergh Community Swifts and Cumbria Wildlife Trust. For more information contact rogerliz39@yahoo.co.uk or ta.hoare@btinternet.com

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.