Aldeburgh in the snow – a rare sight!

Aldeburgh’s Amazing Swifts

Latest update…

Our Swift box is occupied!

Our Swifts may be thousands of miles away but that doesn’t mean someone else may not want to use their nest box.  Our winter residents will often use a box for overnighting and this is who we have using ours during the hours of darkness.  At the moment, she (a female Great Tit) is spending fifteen hours a night (4.30pm until 7.30am) resting inside the box.  So even if you aren’t lucky enough to get a Swift in the summer, you could certainly provide a home during the winter.

Watch the video below by tapping on the link below


Swift boxes in the town

Aldeburgh now has 22 boxes installed and with another 25 boxes on order we hope to  achieve our target of 50 by next May.  A town map in the library shows where these are located and where others will be installed in the coming months so do take a look.

Here is one example of a nest box that is suitable for most locations.  Ideally it should be on a north facing wall, about 5m high and with a clear flying area in front, but this particular box is suitable for more exposed locations due to its insulated roof.

There are several models on the market so if you would like advice on the most suitable type for your house do give us a call – see contact details below.  If your property is suitable, we can also arrange installation.

Meanwhile our Swifts are spending winter in Africa – this is where they’ve gone to.

They spend the early part of winter in the Congo (yellow dotted area) and then fly off down to Mozambique on the coast at the end of December, before heading back to the UK next April.  This map shows the route one Swift took – red route down and blue route back, a total of about 14,000 miles without landing!



Welcome to ‘Aldeburgh’s Amazing Swifts’ conservation project.

We started this project in May 2017 with the aim of helping to stop the decline in Swift numbers in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

By appealing to residents and builders in the town, we want to raise awareness to the drop in the number of Swifts and give advice on how to halt the decline.  You can help by installing a nest box, leaving a hole under your roof tiles or by installing a Swift brick in any new build.  Ideally the boxes should be on a north facing wall, 5 metres high, with no trees or wires to hinder access.  Visit the swift conservation web site to find out more about providing a nest site for these remarkable birds   http://swiftconservation.org

Give us a call if you would like some advice on installing a nest box.

Please read the ‘Article’ page to understand why and how you can help and read the ‘Latest News’ page to see what we’ve been up to over the summer.  Also check out the ‘Identification’ page to see the difference between Swifts, Swallows and House Martins.

Alan and Christine Collett

01728 454585

07762 300050