Bristol Swifts Blog 2018

The blog is a record of my observations of swift activity seen around our house in Bristol. For details of all 17 boxes and their exact location see Swift nest box location on our house.

Last years blog was rather big and had to be split into two sections. See Early 2017 Blog for observations recorded up to May 31st and here for everything after that. The 2015 & 2016 blogs can be accessed here via the 2015 Blog or 2016 Blog links.

Tuesday January 9th

Another success from last year was our swift/garden open days which raised almost £1000 for good causes – see photos below. It was so popular that we’ve decided to do it again this year.

As part of the United Kingdom Swift Awareness Week 16th-23rd June (UKSAW) we are holding a Swift/Open morning on Saturday 23rd June -10 -1pm. Adults £3. Children Free. Fingers crossed all my resident pairs (14) will have returned safely, so there should be plenty of activity to see plus live video from inside my nest boxes. There’ll also be the opportunity to wander around our wildlife friendly garden and buy plants as well. All proceeds going to Gillian Westray (our local swift rehabber). Over 40 events have been planned so far right across the UK, so hopefully there will be one taking place near you see this link or contact for more details.

Followed the next day by our NGS Swift/Open Garden on Sunday 24th June – 2-5pm. Adults £3. Children Free.

For more details on both events please email us via the Contact page.

NGS Swift Open Day 2017

Monday January 1st 2018

It is the start of a new year and we’ve got lots of exciting Swift events planned in the coming months.

Following the success of our first build-your-own-box workshop in November 2017 we’ve now organised another two with the help of fellow swift enthusiast Matt Collis. The first is planned for Sunday 18th February followed by the second on Saturday 17th March.

The aim of these workshops is for people to learn how to build a swift box from scratch under the supervision of Bristol Swift Conservation Group members. You’ll pick a design, draw it out, cut it out, put it together, build a nest cup, add feathers, paint the inside black and build a landing strip. At the end of the day not only will you’ll know how to make a swift nest box you’ll also be able to take with you the one you’ve just made. No tools or specialist DIY knowledge are needed – just enthusiasm! Here’s the group photo from our first workshop to prove it!

The February workshop is already fully booked, however there are still a few places available for the one in March. So if you’re interested and would like to come, please contact me via our contact page or email

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