Swift boxes, gardenature.co.uk
Swift nest box | gardenature.co.uk
Swift boxes, gardenature.co.uk
Swift nest box | gardenature.co.uk

Swift Nest Box 

This Swift Nest Box has been handcrafted from Redwood Cedar , it's light and durable but also has natural oils to protect against the weather. 

Ideally placed out of direct sunlight (facing North, NE or NW) at least 4-5 metres off the ground under eaves or on a wall, This swift box can be put in a tree but remember that swift's like a clear unobstructed flight path.

Swift Box Dimensions

  • Entrance hole: 55 x 32mm
  • Length: 460mm
  • Depth: 180mm
  • Width: 180mm

The swift box front panel can be completely removed for easy cleaning access, the roof has a slight incline to quickly disperse water and there are two drain holes in the swift box floor.

If your Swift Nesting Box is successful, put up some more! Swifts like to nest in colonies and will automatically be attracted to existing sites.

Optional Extras: 

This is a camera ready Swift Box (Camera NOT included). We also offer swift boxes with a built in camera, wired or wireless.

 Swift Calls CD: Attract swifts to your nesting site by playing this swift calls CD, you will have the option to add this to your basket with this Swift nesting at the checkout stage.

Swift Facts

The swift is a medium-sized aerial bird, which is a superb flier that even sleeps on the wing! It is brown in colour, but in flight against the sky it appears to be black. It has long, scythe-like wings and a short forked tail. The swift is a summer visitor from April - August. Breeding is across the UK but mostly in the South and East.

Swifts can be seen very high up in the summer sky, but they never perch on wires like swallows. You might also see excited screaming parties of them careering madly at high speed around rooftops and houses especially towards dusk.

Swifts tend to eat flying insects and airborne spiders.

Young swifts remain in the nest for 37–56 days, depending on the weather conditions. If it gets too cold, they fall into a sleepy state called Torpor – a bit like hibernation – during which they dont feed until conditions improve. Youngsters are independent as soon as they leave the nest, and set out immediately on migration.

Swifts start their return journey in mid July before nights become too cool. Swifts cannot roost overnight during the journey like swallows can, so they travel very quickly. One young swift that left its UK nest on 31 July, was found in Madrid (Spain) on 3 August. 

Most swifts have reached central Africa by mid-August. They do not spend the winter in one place, but travel around according to food supplies and weather conditions. Swifts can live up to 21 years, so one individual may fly over one million kilometres during its lifetime.

Source: RSPB