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.

July 2018

Fri 6th July at 7:30pm - All About Swifts - by Tanya & Edmund Hoare for the newly formed Lune Valley Swifts Group in St Paul's Church Hall, 3 New St, Brookhouse, Caton, Nr Lancaster LA2 9JR

Tuesday 10th  at 8pm - Swift Pint - arranged by Wenhaston SOS Action Group. Meet at Wenhaston Village Hall car park then walk around the Village including the commons, noting swift nest sites and other birds. The walk ends at The Star pub, Wenhaston where those who want to stay on, can purchase a drink. All welcome - no need to book. Contact Jonathan Alder 07881743991 j.m.alder59@gmail.com

Monday 9 July onwards – Fulbourn Swift Watch Week including:

Thursday 12 July at 7.30 pm
– Swift Survey, meet outside St Vigor’s Church, Manor Walk CB21 5BN. Please join our survey to help us better understand how our local swifts are doing.
Further info: fulbournswifts@gmail.com

Saturday 14 July 1 to 5 pm, Swift Open Day at St Vigor’s Church, Manor Walk, Fulbourn CB21 5BN. See our swifts flying around the church tower and view the live screening of nesting activity from the tower camera boxes. You’ll be able to view the rspb swift video, filmed in Fulbourn, and recorded video clips of nest box activity. There will be information displays about swifts and you’ll be able to learn about the very successful swift nest box project on the nearby Swifts Development where there are 276 boxes. Swift nest boxes will be on display with a variety of information leaflets on swift conservation. Light refreshments will be available.
Further info: fulbournswifts@gmail.com

Saturday 14th July, St. James Park Summer Festival, Southampton
Hampshire Swifts will have a stand at the festival with Swift-related exhibits and information as well as the opportunity to speak with Swift experts about how you can help us help Swifts. Further information at https://fosjp.org.uk/events/st-james-park-summer-festival/

Saturday 14th July 14:30 to 5pm - Garden Party, All saints Church, Landbeach, Cambridge: Action for Swifts will host a display and answer questions beneath the Swift colony in the belfry

Sunday 29th July, 11:00 to 16:00 - Countryside Restoration Trust is hosting an event called the Festival of Farming, Food & Wildlife. Action for Swifts will mount a display with nestboxes, booklets and leafles. Dick Newell will give a short talk at 12:15.

November 2018

Thursday, November 8 7:30pm-9:30pm, Fareham Group Wildlife Trust: Swift Talk
Wallington Village Hall, Fareham, PO16 8ST. Andy Broadhurst of Hampshire Swifts will be discussing the reasons for the drastic decline in this fabulous species and what we can all do to help its conservation.


  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)

    1. what time of year is best to put the boxes up...when they are around or in the winter?

    2. You could put boxes up as late as June or even early July in any year and still have a chance of attracting Swifts into them. For displaced breeders, they need to be up by the first week of May, for young birds looking for a new nest site, then the 3rd week of May is OK.

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

  3. Some people are put off putting up boxes because they think they have to get them up very high. A normal house, under the eaves will do.

    1. Higher the better, but most eaves are high enough