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Swifts in NPT

Help us record swifts in Neath Port Talbot! These charismatic birds visit our towns in the summer, migrating all the way from Africa. They rely on us for nesting sites, squeezing through tiny gaps in roofs to raise their chicks. But building renovation is causing nest sites to disappear. This, as well as declining insect numbers, has caused swifts in the UK to decline by 60% between 1995 and 2020. Submitting your swift sighting helps us monitor the local population, identify nest sites and locate where nest boxes could be fitted. 

Swift sightings in NPT

Swifts can sometimes be confused with other similar-looking birds, namely swallows, house martins and sand martins. Here are some key features to look out for to help you tell them apart:

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Submit swift records

What was the swift(s) doing?

How you can help swifts

Put up a swift box

If you are able to, putting a swift box or two up on your property can be a great practical way to help your local swifts.

Record your sightings

If you see a swift, let us know where it was so we can keep an eye on the populations in NPT. Use the form above to do so. 

Raise community awareness

Tell your friends and family about the plight of our swifts and how they can help. Why not encourage your neighbours to put up boxes and create a swift street?

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