Swift nest cameras at Heathfield Community School

by Simon Bament in Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom

We did it
On 8th April 2022 we successfully raised £857 with 39 supporters in 21 days

Our school swifts return in May. We would love to be able to share footage of them as they raise their young in our school nest boxes.

by Simon Bament in Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom

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. 

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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. 

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£30 or more

1 of 30 claimed

An invite to our swift awareness evening.

An invite to a swift awareness evening at our school and a chance to see our swifts either on camera or in the air during the summer of 2022.

£15 or more

An exclusive fortnightly SWIFT email update

An exclusive fortnightly update about the Heathfield swifts emailed directly to you between May and July 2022.

£40 or more

1 of 8 claimed

Advertising Space

A chance to indefinitely advertise your business or service in boxes 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 12. We can position the name of your company or service on the inside of our nest boxes; every time footage is released in your box, so are your details. Currently, these boxes are the third-most likely to contain swift activity after boxes 1 & 11. Swifts nest in colonies & remain loyal to their nest sites so all boxes will eventually be occupied.

£125 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Exclusive Advertising Space.

A chance for you to indefinitely advertise your business or service in boxes 1 and 11. We can position the name of your company or service on the inside of our nest boxes; every time footage is released in your box, so are your details. Currently, boxes 1 and 11 are the boxes most likely to contain swift activity.

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