Vote for the winning Swift Tower design!

Swifts against a blue sky. Credit: C Wilkinson

Public voting to select the overall winning swift tower design is now open. Submit your vote by Tuesday 1 August 2017 using this Oxford City Council website. Have your say in which of the three short-listed designs will be proposed for actual construction.

The Oxford Swift City Project competition to find an inspired design for a brilliant new Swift Tower closed on the 30 June, with a good number of entries. Competition judges have now met to assess all the entries and have successfully selected a winning design for each of the four competition categories, as well as a shortlist of three designs to be put forward to a public vote, to find the overall winner. 

Each of the three short-listed options shows the original design submitted to the Oxford Swift City project competition, as well as a mock-up of how the design might look if it were built.

Subject to planning permission the winning design will be built in Oxford, with a proposed location of Oxford University Parks and showcased at an exhibition! 

A Swift Tower is a free-standing structure, with lots of boxes for swifts to build their nests in. The Swift Tower should be a desirable new home for Oxford’s swifts, as they are communal birds, and like to live close together. These nest boxes could help their recovery, as some traditional nesting sites in Oxford’s buildings are being lost. Besides giving swifts a home the idea is that the new Swift Tower will inspire people to take action for swifts in their neighbourhood and raise awareness of their decline. 

Please see here a poster outlining details of the Swift Tower project.

Wider Oxford Swift City Project news and resources:

#OxfordSwiftCity   #HLFsupported

Foraging swifts records
The TVERC ‘Oxford Swift City Foraging Swifts’ recording page is up and running! The link is: 
A brief list of instructions and screenshots is provided here.
Swift Stories
A film entitled ‘Swift Stories’ will be screened on Wednesday next week at Oxford Brookes, followed by a Q&A session with Andy Russell and Chris Mason. Flyer here
Oxford Today article
An article on Oxford Swift City was published in Oxford Today, an online newspaper – link.
Nature’s Home article
Swifts have bagged a massive feature in the Summer edition of RSPB’s Nature’s Home magazine. For those wanting a copy, please get in touch with Lucy Hyde, below. 
First OXSC nestboxes
University College has just installed five external nestboxes! Fingers crossed the swifts will take a fancy to them this summer. 

Lucy Hyde 
Project Officer - Oxford Swift City 

RSPB Midlands Regional Office 46 The Green, South Bar, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 9AB 
Tel 01295 676663 
Mob 07740 515848

Posted: July 19, 2017