Common Swifts (Apus apus) are sadly not so common these days, and are included on the Amber List of the UK's Birds of Conservation Concern as their breeding population has declined by 50% since 1995. One of the major problems facing Swifts is a lack of nesting sites - our modern buildings simply don't have the nooks, crannies and cavities that Swifts need to build their nests in.
In partnership with Saltwater Stone, we're putting up specially designed Swift nesting boxes in specific locations throughout Old Town Poole and playing Swift calls to encourage them to use them.
This will form a long-term project to attempt to secure the Old Town Poole Swift population. With a little bit of time, we hope to significantly supplement the existing colony, and safeguard the future of Swifts performing acrobatics and screaming down the High Street in numbers.