Swifts - The Vanishing Sound of Summer
For hundreds of years swifts have created the soundscape for summer as they race and scream around our rooftops on summer evenings.
When we discovered that the UK swift population had plummeted dramatically over the last twenty five years, we decided to act.
Our Swift Nest Boxes
In 2016 we built and installed our own swift boxes. In 2020 swifts moved in and when we inspected our boxes in 2022, we found that the residents had started nest-building before they left for Africa last August.
We're so thrilled to have swifts nesting at our school. Currently, the birds that use our boxes in the summer are probably feasting over the top of the Congo forests. Gradually, they'll make their way north before reaching Taunton in late April or early May. Due to their unique physiology, they won't land during this nine-month migration. Our boxes offer a place to rest and a nursery for the next generation.
Cameras For The Community
In order to raise awareness of these fantastic birds, we'd love to install cameras into our boxes while we refurbish them and prepare them for the next decade.
We want to share our footage of the swifts as they raise there young during June, July and August. We might even see the young doing press-ups in the boxes as they condition themselves for their long journey south. These young birds find their way to Africa without the guidance of their parents and probably won't land for another three years.
In order to refurbish our boxes, fit cameras, install other IT hardware and software, and raise awareness of swifts in our community, we'd like to raise £2500.
Because swifts are nest-site faithful, with luck swifts will now return to our boxes year after year. We now have an invaluable legacy that we'd love to share with our children, staff and community.