Swifts visit the UK between April and August, during which time they breed and raise their chicks before leaving again for warmer places to spend the winter months. Unlike swallows and house martins, swifts prefer to use existing holes, cracks and crevices for their nests such as those in old buildings. As modern building practices have improved the quality of homes in the UK, these nest sites are becoming more and more scarce and swifts are becoming much more dependent on nest boxes.
The Manthorpe Swift Brick has been developed with the help of conservation experts and is designed to provide a safe and spacious area for swifts to nest within the modern home. Available in six different colours, the box is designed to blend into the brickwork and so provides an aesthetically pleasing addition to any new build or development. Manufactured from PVC and Polypropylene, this nest box is designed to last for an extremely long time and will not rot or degrade.
The Swift Brick should be sited high within the gable wall of the property, ideally above 5 metres. If possible, avoid locations which receive long periods of direct sunlight throughout the day. An ideal place is below the overhang of the verge and barge board.
Manthorpe Swift Box Installation Instructions