Concern for Swifts (Scotland) is a project.
The main objective is to retain swift colonies by safeguarding existing nest sites.
Why Concern for Swifts?
Swifts are a familiar part of summer. It would be a great loss if the summer skies no longer played host to their aerial chasing and screaming. We believe that action is needed to prevent their loss
Legal and Advisory
It's an offence to intentionally or recklessly take, damage, destroy or interfere with a nest of any wild bird while it is in use or to obstruct or prevent any wild bird from using its nest
Where Swifts Nest or Nested
Swifts have adapted to nesting almost exclusively in buildings, but very occasionally nest in trees or caves. Basically they nest in suitable holes.
Threats & Mitigation
The success of mitigation measures depends largely on the ability to retain existing nest sites or to recreate nest sites in exactly the same position as those lost
If you are installing scaffolding during the nesting season be aware that it may obstruct access to a nest site, even if it does not block off the entrance itself
Some of the best projects
Diligent contractors and developers hold the key to successful swift conservation projects
Purpose-built new sites
This is a selection of some of the best purpose-built nest sites, but not necessarily the most successful in getting swifts to nest
Retro-fitting swift boxes
While retro-fitting should be a last resort, it is sometimes the only option considered. It seems to be favoured where publicity is the main purpose of the exercise.
Off-the-peg swift nests
New construction in appropriate locations should aim to incorporate nest sites and there are some off-the-peg solutions. Pre-fabricated nest boxes are available in a variety of shapes and sizes – not all of them suitable!
What can go wrong
In many cases what can go wrong is down to communication errors and human reluctance to attend to detail