Swift Nesting Box
This Swift Nest Box has been laser cut from high quality marine ply, assembled with screws to ensure watertight fixing but also allowing for easy maintenance. Finished to a very good standard this durable swift box should last for many years.
Swift boxes should Ideally be positioned out of direct sunlight (facing North, NE or NW) at least 4-5 meters 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.
Ply Swift Nesting Box Dimensions
- Entrance hole: 65 x 30 mm
- Length: 460 mm
- Depth: 180 mm
- Height: 180 mm
- optional fixing, pre-drilled lugs back and top
- High Quality Marine Ply. Weatherproof but can be treated / coloured with a water base preservative for further longevity
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 four drain holes in the swift box base.
If your Swift Nesting Box is successful, put up some more! Swifts like to nest in colonies and will automatically be attracted to existing swift nesting sites.
We also offer Cedar Swift Boxes with built in cameras, wired or wireless complete swift box camera systems are available.
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.
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 kilometers during its lifetime.