Species of the Month: June 2015

 

Swift: Apus apus

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The Swift is a well known sign of summer, and the species is much loved for the screaming parties which swirl above our cities and towns during May - August. This means the species is reasonably well recorded, with just over 4000 records in the SEWBReC database.

However, the species is declining, and their nesting sites (generally in the eaves of old buildings such as churches) are very vulnerable to developments such as church renovations and attic conversions. For this reason, we are particularly interested in records of Swift nests, (though we are also happy to recieve any records of Swifts). If you are lucky enough to have a swift nesting in your home, or know of any nest sites, please send us the record. This information will be used in local planning decisions, and should help to protect the nest sites of this iconic bird in south east Wales.

You may also like to send your sightings to the RSPB's Swift Survey which is gathering information on the nationwide distribution of the species. More general information about Swifts is also available on the RSPB website.

This map in the Data Access Tool shows the distribution of Swifts at a 10km square level for the whole of Wales. Zoom in or click on a 10km square to see the 1km square record distribution.

If you spot a Swift during June (or see the species at any other time of year), please send us the record, ideally via our Species of the Month form on SEWBReCORD (nb. you will need to be signed into SEWBReCORD to use this link). Instructions on how to submit records are available here.