Helping Islington's swifts through nest boxes, awareness and advice.


October 2018

Swifts boxes update, 27/10/18

After recently installing some more boxes in Barnsbury and Tufnell Park, there are now at least 71 swifts boxes and bricks that we know of in the Borough which is great! Although only a fraction of the number we need for the swifts population to stabilise and get back to previous numbers (BTO figures say there’s been a drop of about 25% in 5 years across the UK). About half of these boxes were co-ordinated by ourselves, and the rest by the Council, planning conditions, and many enterprising residents!

With boxes in Highbury, Holloway, Crouch Hill and Canonbury too, it’s nice to see we are getting good coverage across the Borough.

If you want a box or two on your home (you must have a wall with a clear drop of at least 4m), or have any other query, then drop us a line through the website and we can provide advice and perhaps assist.


Highbury Community News article, 17/10/18

There’s a great article about Islington Swifts Group in the October 2018 edition of Highbury Community News, see page 4 via the link below.

We had an excellent day again at the Gillespie Park Apple Day on Sunday despite the drizzly weather, lots of kids doing the quiz & colouring in and several people signing up for swifts boxes.

And don’t forget there’s still time to send in your summer records to the RSPB Swift Survey website…

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