Swift Awareness Week

The Leicestershire & Rutland Swift project partnership is asking people to tell them where Swifts are nesting in Leicestershire and Rutland this Swift Awareness week (22nd - 30th June).

Swift numbers have declined by over half in the last 20 years, partly due to a loss of breeding sites, and are now listed as an amber-listed species, so it’s vital that sightings are recorded.

What to look and listen out for:

* Swifts at roof height and then dipping down towards buildings; or

* Swifts flying low in groups ‘screaming’ - which indicates there are nests nearby.

Peter Williams from Leicestershire & Rutland Ornithological Society said:

“We would be very grateful to anyone who can find the time to let us know where Swifts are nesting this summer.

“Swifts have built up a wonderfully close relationship to people and we owe it to them to ensure that they have nesting places for the 12 weeks they are with us.”

Reports can be submitted at www.naturespot.org.uk/swifts, by emailing landrswifts@gmail.com or by downloading the Swift Mapper app for your phone or tablet.

There will also be a number of events taking place during the week and beyond that you can get involved with:

* Wednesday 26th June 7pm- Anne of Cleeves Pub, Burton Road, Melton Mowbray

Meet in the informal walled garden with great sky views offering a perfect opportunity to do some swift spotting, followed by a guided walk in the local area. Drinks and food can be purchased from the bar. 

* Tuesday 2nd July 7pm - All Saint's Thorpe Acre Church Hall, Thorpe Acre Road, Loughborough, LE11 4LF

An informative talk about the wonderful life of swifts and swift conservation efforts, followed by a guided swift-spotting walk in the local area.

* Wednesday 3rd July 7pm - Blue Bell Inn, 36 Main St, Hoby, Melton Mowbray LE14 3DT

A talk on swifts followed by a guided walk around the village, including a visit to the church to view the swift's nests on camera. The evening will end with a bat walk. Drinks and food can be purchased from the bar. 

For event enquiries phone: 07809 337229

*The Leicestershire & Rutland Swift Partnership includes LROS, LRWT, Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council, Charnwood Borough Council, and the National Forest Company*

Photo: Andy and Helen Holt

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