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.”
* 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
Photo: Andy and Helen Holt