SAW 2021 events

Sat 3rd -Sun 11th July

Swift Awareness Week was first held in 2019 with groups around the country holding over 90 events in 2020: celebrating this wonderful bird, bringing attention to its decline and encouraging people to do something about it. 
 
This page is intended to publicise summer events both during and outside Swift Awareness Week 2021. If you wish to promote an event here, then please email Nick Brown
 
June 2021
 
Wed 16th June Shilton, Oxfordshire. Swift Talk & Walk for Carterton Trefoil Guild. Private event led by Veronica Barry.

Mon 21st June  6 pm Nottingham.  A Swift Street tour. Details & booking: : www.wild-ng.uk/events .

Fri 25th June  7pm   Westleton Village Hall Indoor talk on Swifts (or via zoom tbc). See @SoSSwifts & www.SuffolkBirdGroup.org  

Sun 27th June 7pm Wickham Market Suffolk A Swift Walk starting at the village hall. @SoSSwifts.

Wed 30th June  7pm Leiston, Suffolk. A Swift Walk from the Engineers Arms @SoSSwifts
 
July 2021

Thu 1st July 2021 14:00 - 17:00 Bolton and Bury Swifts will be displaying all things Swift incl. Boxes & Call devices, at a special event in Fletcher Moss Park, Didsbury, Manchester M20 concerning the recognition of Emily Williamson as a key founder of the RSPB (see www.emilywilliamsonstatue.com ).

Sat 3rd July  Bradford on Avon.   Swift stall at the Holy Trinity 'street market'. Details tbc.

Sat 3rd July Swifts will feature on Radio Cymru in an interview with Ben Stammers of the NW Wales Wildlife Trust. Details tbc.
 
Sat 3rd July 19.30 - 21.00 Swift Walk and Talk - Salisbury
Come and see the largest swift nesting colony in Salisbury and observe the spectacular acrobatics of the Swift up close. Learn more about it's life and why it needs our help. Limited to 20 people. Booking via our Facebook page or email from the Contact Us page on our website.

Meet outside Sarum College in the Cathedral Close.

A suggested donation of £5 will be collected on the day.

Sun 4th July  Norwich. Swift walk. Details Tbc but ending at a pub where swift boxes have been installed

Sun 4th July 7.30pm Woodbridge, Suffolk  A Swift Walk starting at Brook St car-park. @SoSSwifts

Sun 4th July 19.00-20.30 Swift Protection Association Reigate (SPARE): A virtual online talk by Piotr Szczypa, SPARE’s official photographer: "Up your game. How to snap swifts in flight". Further details: https://www.facebook.com/SwiftProtectionAssociationReigate
 
Sun 4th July 12:30 - 16:30 Bristol Swifts: National Garden Scheme/Swift charity event (Adults £5.00. Children Free). See swifts flying around our house and watch Live video from inside their nest boxes. Wander around our wildlife friendly garden and buy plants, cards, booklets and nest boxes. Click here to book.

Mon 5 July 20:00. Chaddesden, Derby. An evening walk in an area where 50 swift nest boxes were installed after some re-roofing work in 2020. Meet at The Racecourse Car Park, St Mark’s Road, Chaddesden. Booking will be via Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. (Details to follow).
 

Mon 5 July 7pm: A virtual Event (part of Tring Book Festival): Sarah Gibson (author of Swifts and Us) talks with Edward Mayer about swifts. For details see:
https://www.tringbookfestival.co.uk/venues/virtual-event/sarah-gibson-swifts-and-us

Tue 6th July 7pm  Middleton, Suffolk A Swift Walk starting at the Primary School. @SoSSwifts 

Tue 6th July 19.30 - 21.00 Swift Walk and Talk - Downton

Stroll through the village on a Summer's evening to watch and learn more about Swifts and how we've worked with the local community to create more nesting opportunities. Meet outside the Coop. Limited to 20 people. Booking via our Facebook page or email from the Contact Us page on our  website.  A suggested donation of £5 will be collected on the day.

Tue 6th July: Haringey Swifts Group - Alexandra Palace walk. Details tbc

Tue 6th July Huntly Swifts event. Details tbc.
 
Tue 6th July 19:00 Action for Swifts. Swift boxes have been installed at Cottenham village hall. Short talk, nest box viewing and hopefully some Swift action.

Wed 7th July   7.30pm Bicester talk, walk and tea/coffee. Organised by Banbury Community Action Group/Cherwell Swifts

Wed 7th July 7pm Thorpeness, Suffolk. A Swift Walk starting at Mere car-park, Lakeside Ave. @SoSSwifts    

Wed 7th July An evening swift walk around Tideswell, Derbyshire led by Andy Broadhurst. Details tbc.

Wed 7 July:   Oswestry. Join Sarah Gibson for an evening talk/walk around the town in conjunction with the local bookshop looking for and learning about swifts and Sarah’s new book ‘Swifts and Us’. Details to follow.
 
Wed 7th July (or up to 10th) Open garden Swift viewing evening at a newly established colony in Bradshaw, Bolton, Lancs. Limited spaces so please book with Louise on 0755 7796508. Note the exact date will depend on the weather and will be fixed nearer the time.
 
Wed 7th July  18.30 – 19.30 ‘Swifts in the City’ - an online talk by Steven Robinson based in Dulwich, London. Details and booking: 
 
Wed 7th July  Hertford. An evening swift walk at 7pm. organised by the Hertford Swift Group. Further details: https://www.facebook.com/HertfordSwifts/

Wed 7th July Shrewsbury. Sarah Gibson, author of ‘Swifts and Us’, will lead a talk and a walk around the town. Details tbc

Wed 7th July Islington swifts walk (details to follow).
 
Thu 8th July Norwich Swift walk. Details Tbc but ending at a pub where swift boxes have been installed

Thu 8th July  Bradford on Avon  An evening swift walk. Details tbc.  

Thu 8th July at 18:30 'Celebrating our Swifts'. A talk for Cumbria Wildlife Trust by Tanya Hoare. Registration details to follow or check the CWT website
 
Thu 8th July  Hackney swifts walk (details to follow). 
 
Thu 8th July Huntly Swifts event. Details tbc.
 
Thu 8th July from 18:00 Action for Swifts: Swift garden party, 35 Smith Street, Elsworth, Cambs CB234HY. Short talk, refreshments, Swifts on camera.
 
Fri 9th July   Norwich Swift walk. Details Tbc but ending at a pub where swift boxes have been installed.
 
Fri 9th July: South London Swifts event - The Hive, Kennington Park. Details tbc

Fri 9th July 19.30 - 21.00 Swift Walk and Talk - Wilton

In collaboration with Wilton Wildlife Group - Spend a Summer's evening strolling around Wilton to watch the town's resident Swifts. Learn more about their incredible lives and how you can help their sad decline. 

Meet in the Car Park at Castle Meadows where we will hear all about the newly created wildflower and butterfly bank.

Limited to 20 people. Booking via our Facebook page or email from the Contact Us page on our  website.

A suggested donation of £5 will be collected on the day.
 
Sat 10th July from 10am. Masham, N Yorks.  Swift Stall in Masham Market. Treasure hunt/art competition/boxes for sale etc. Details: @mashamswifts or email mashamswifts@gmail.com 
 
Sat 10th July Helpston, Cambridgeshire Swift watch at The Blue Bell Inn PE7ED
01733 252 394  07766 616961 bluebellhelpston.co.uk
 
Sat 10th July 08:00-14:30 NarVos (Nar Valley Ornithological Society), will have a stall on Swaffham Market, Norfolk. There will be displays, nest boxes for sale. Some local shop owners will also be advertising our cause with window displays.
 
Sun 11 July at 7.30pm Bedford, Bedfordshire. An evening walk (ca. 1-2 miles) watching and learning about the swifts that fly and scream over the Victorian streets of Bedford town centre (weather allowing). Meet outside St. Andrews Church, Kimbolton Road, Bedford, MK40 2PF.

Sun 11 July at 7.30pm Melbourne, Derbyshire. An evening walk (ca. 1 mile) watching and learning about the swifts that weave and scream over the town. Meet at the large square bus shelter in Melbourne Market Place (SK386251).
 
Sun 11th July: Waltham Forest Swifts Group - Walthamstow Warner Estate walk. Details tbc.  
 
Mon 12 July  7.30 pm Bicester Community Garden. Walk and talk about swifts. Wild Bicester/Cherwell Swifts. Booking required

Mon 12th July A Swift Walk starting at Wimbledon Common Windmill at 6.30pm, and ending in Wimbledon town. Booking essential via: wimbledonswifts@outlook.com

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