RSPB appeal for “swift” help

One of the UK’s most iconic summer birds is being left homeless because of changes to buildings, says RSPB Scotland.

Swifts are making the long flight from Africa to the UK each spring to nest, most commonly in the roof space of houses.

But, renovation of old buildings and the creation of new ones with no access or space for nests are part of the reason why swifts have declined by more than 70 per cent over the last forty years.

Martin Harper, RSPB Conservation Director, said; “Swifts are our neighbours. Some of us literally share our homes with them, but may not know they are there because they are such clean, discreet and considerate birds; really the ideal neighbours.

‘But, lack of suitable nest sites is becoming a problem for them and we want to find out more. That’s why from June through to August, when swift activity is at its peak, we’re asking people to tell us about any nesting swifts that they’re aware of. It’s a vital step for nature that anyone can take.”