Swifts spend just four months in Europe over the summer and during this time they use urban areas around our homes and buildings to provide nesting sites. Renovation and rebuilding of older houses means that many of these preferred spaces, such as under roofs, attics or tiles, are often blocked so that they cannot find sufficient nest sites. These Swift Nest Boxes from Schwegler can help this species by providing valuable nesting locations and the installation of several units is an ideal way to support a swift colony. These boxes have been used across Europe with great success for many decades.
The Swift Box No. 17 is made from a special mixture of compressed plant fibres and concrete which enables it to provide good insulation and an extremely long life. Due to its light weight these boxes are particularly suitable for mounting on existing external walls with insulation or facing which makes the installation of heavier boxes problematic. The box is supplied in a natural grey colour but can be painted to match the background using an air-permeable paint.
This box should be installed at least six to seven metres above the ground, ensuring that there is unobstructed access for birds entering and leaving. If possible, boxes should be sites under the shelter of eaves or overhanging roofs. They can also be installed on steep rock faces. The box can be opened by rotating the circular plate containing the entrance hole by 90° and removing it. Cleaning can then be performed although, in boxes which are occupied by swifts, this is not essential.
Supplied with a galvanised flexible fixing bracket and screws/plugs.
You may also be interested in the Swift Nest Box No. 17B which has an enlarged brood chamber allowing more room for movement and the exercise of flight muscles. Also available is a Triple Cavity box which can accomodate three pairs of swifts in parallel and assists in the rapid formation of swift colonies.
* Material: Plant fibre and wood-concrete (100% asbestos-free).
* External dimensions: 15 x 15 x 34cm (+ wing screws)
* Brood chamber dimensions: 14 x 14 x 30cm
* Weight: 3.1kg
I am thrilled with the two boxes I bought 3 years ago - I encourage the swifts in by playing the swift call CD as soon as I spot the swifts in the skies around the beginning of May. The first year I only tempted youngsters to the boxes and they did not nest, but I have had nesters for the past 2 years and I plan to put up more boxes this autumn with a camera (hopefully).
As soon as August arrives the swifts are off again and the skies are very quiet. I can't wait for next May to come round again to greet the swifts returning from the south.