Oxford Swift City nestbox scheme

Free swift nestbox kits for local community groups

Why do swifts need our help?

Swifts are truly incredible birds, with a long cultural association with Oxford. They can do everything on the wing including eating, sleeping and drinking – and are capable of flying faster than 60mph. Swifts use gaps and cracks in buildings to nest in, but sadly, a loss of suitable nesting sites and reduction in airborne insects has meant that swift numbers have declined by 51% from 1995 to 2015.

What is the Oxford Swift City project doing?

Oxford Swift City is a partnership project, led by the RSPB, working alongside the community to help protect our local swifts. We’re organising surveys run by volunteers, raising awareness through walks and talks, improving nesting sites and working with local people.

How can your community group help?

You can get involved with swift conservation by applying for a Swift Survival Kit. Each kit contains up to five swift nestboxes, a pack of wildflower seed, up to ten advice packs on helping swifts in Oxford, and a certificate of participation to proudly display in your building.

Which groups can apply?

Any group with a suitable building can apply, such as community associations, places of worship, sports clubs, or schools.

To apply for a kit, download the application form and return it to oxfordswiftcity@rspb.org.uk.

Posted: June 7, 2018