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.

June 2018

Monday 4th - Sat 9th - Library display by 'Swifts Over Macclesfield' in Macclesfield Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield, SK10 1EE. Find out about Swifts and what is happening in Macclesfield for UK Swift Awareness Week.

Saturday 9th - Meet a Swift  - Find out just how amazing swifts are & what we can do to help them survive & thrive. 10am - noon in Presteigne Library, Market Hall Presteigne Powys , LD8 2AD

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

Friday 15th from 8:00pm - Stanley Swift Project - Community event  at Stanley Village Hall, 50 Perth Road, Perth PH1 4PB. Learn about the incredible journey our swifts make between Africa and Stanley every year to breed and rear their young and what we can do in our own homes to help protect their homes when they are here. Join the Guided Walk led by Daniele Muir of Perthshire Wildlife and Tayside Swifts between 8.30 and 9.30pm. Free event and no booking necessary. Contact elspeth.coutts@gmail.com for more information.

Come back to the village hall for free refreshments and to watch the screaming parties of swifts as they prepare to zoom into their nest sites and boxes as dusk approaches.

Lots happening in Swift Awareness Week but also many other events before and after so do look at these pages as well as the map for the week itself.
Over 80 events - do have a look at the map and see what's happening near you.
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

In addition to UKSAW, several Swift Awareness events have been arranged in Eire in the same week and we are delighted to support these - for more information see www.birdwatchireland.ie

Sunday 24th - Swifts Stall at Macclesfield Treacle Market - 10:00am - 3:30pm. - The Swifts Over Macclesfield group will have a stall at this very popular monthly market where they'll be running swift related activities to interest both young and old.

Tuesday 26th -  Swifts in Newnham - a talk at 6.30 pm by Dick Newell at Newnham Croft Primary School, Chedworth Street, CB3 9JF. Free event, no booking necessary.

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

July 2018

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


  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.