Thursday 4 January 2018

2018 UK Swift Awareness Week, 16-23 June

For an event near you look on the Swift Awareness map.

16th - 23rd June 2018

One for your summer diary: the new national ‘2018 UK Swift Awareness Week’, 16 - 23 June 2018 As we count the days until our wonderful Swifts are back in our skies again, we’re delighted to let you know about an exciting development for 2018.

This summer, Britain will become the first country in the world to dedicate a national week in support of Swifts.

Swift Awareness Week will run from 16 - 23 June. There will be events and publicity all around the country, organised by dozens of local Swift groups. These events aim to raise awareness of Swifts and bring a focus to their plight, and of course provide information about how to help them. The Swift is one of the few endangered species that individuals really can help in their own property and there are many groups across the country working hard to try to halt their dramatic decline of 50% in just 20 years.

Some of the events that you might find happening near you are:

1. An evening walk to show people Swifts, led by a local expert.
2. A talk about swifts in a local hall.
3. An evening informal gathering at a house that has Swifts nesting.
4. An ‘open garden’ event with displays about Swifts and ideally Swifts nesting within sight.
5. A parade down a street with Swift flags and more.
6. A celebration of the Swifts and the long journeys they will be making in May and July/August at a local school.
7. A Swift stall/display at a local event or in the local library or community centre.
8. A Swift stall set up in the local church/community centre/school.
9. A combination of two or more of the above – or something completely different.

As we become aware of planned events we will publish them in the AfS Swift events diary

Of course if there is nothing near you, why not plan your own Swift event to join our busy calendar of events? Please send details to where you can also request further information.

If you are from mainland Europe, then there are similar events under the banner Swifts & Fun


  1. Brilliant idea. We'll be meeting to think about ideas for Maidenhead, Marlow and Cookham!

  2. Bravo ! Je vais essayer a Toulon.

  3. Here in Wenhaston Suffolk as part of the Swift Awareness Week, we are opening two gardens in houses which have both just installed nest boxes with the calling system ....... hopefully newly arrived swifts might have taken up residence. we are also doing walks and talks but not coinciding with that week.

  4. Thoroughly enjoyed Dick's workshop with us at Cley on Saturday. Learnt a huge amount and I'm hoping to get some nest boxes up in my new home. Thank you so much!

    1. Thank you Jemima, I enjoyed it too!
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