Swifts are back!

44745bdd-a6ec-4907-8ed5-4659037ba802Image courtesy and copyright of David Moreton.

Established in 2013, Save our Suffolk Swifts (SOS Swifts) aims to raise awareness of the threats faced by swifts and encourage people to take action to halt their decline. We need help to collect information about the habits of the species during their time in Suffolk.

Last year Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service developed an online survey to collect records of screaming parties and nest sites. 149 records were submitted and can be viewed here.  This year we hope to greatly build on the number of records – we are hoping that people will submit swift sightings for their own parish or town ward and, if at all possible, five other parishes or wards in Suffolk that they are familiar with. This will help build a comprehensive picture of activity across the county. This year the survey has additional questions asking about the type of nest site. When recording a nest site an accompanying photograph (that can be uploaded at point of record entry) is extremely helpful.  You can add your records at http://www.suffolkbis.org.uk/swift .

You may also be interested in a series of free SOS Swifts information events that are being held across the county:

Wednesday 6 July, 7pm  :  Old Felixstowe Community Centre, Ferry Road, Felixstowe, IP11 9NB

Thursday 14 July, 7pm :  St Mary’s Church, Bungay, NR35 1AX

Wednesday 27 July, 7pm:  The Centre, St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1SN

Each event will feature an illustrated talk and a walk to view swifts in the local area (weather permitting). Book at suffolkwildlifetrust.org/whats-on (search for “swifts”).

For recent developments in swift conservation visit: http://www.swift-conservation.org/

Happy swift searching!