This nest box as the name suggests it suitable for the Swift. Swifts see our buildings as substitute "rockeries" where they would breed in a natural habitat.
The population of these birds has declined since the 1970s and all three species are now on the Amber List of Birds of Conservation Concern. Property maintenance and renovation often denies access to these birds, so providing a specially designed nest box is a practical way of helping the species and may be a condition of planning consent. This nest box is made of plywood.
House sparrows or starlings are also known to use Swift boxes as nesting sites.
Hang the nest box as high as possible preferably directly under a roof overhang or gutter with a clear 'flight-path', swifts need to be able to freefall as they leave the nest. As the Swift is usually a colonial nester, it may be beneficial to site multiple nest boxes together. No nesting material needs to be added.
Clean the nesting box once a year from October. For this the nest box must be removed from the façade so that it can be accessed from the rear. Cleaning is only necessary if a bird species other than the Swift has brooded in the nesting box. The reliability of the suspension must also be checked annually.
|Dimensions (b x h x d) (cm)||49 x 21 x 22|
|Inner Dimensions (b x h x d) (cm)||41.5 x 17 x 17|