Swift Race

1st May, 2023 - 31st May, 2023

UK | Free

Our swifts tend to arrive back to their homes the first 10 days of May, but who is going to be the first to see them? We need everyone to look to the skies and let us know when and where you first see a swift! BirdTrack | BTO - British Trust for Ornithology

We are changing how we record local swifts. By using the RSPB’s national Swift Mapper, you’ll help record breeding hotspots for swifts and safeguard their homes. Click here https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/conservation/conservation-and-sustainability/safeguarding-species/swiftmapper/ to access either the online web-based mapping system or download the mobile App. Please report your sightings to the Swift Mapper every year, even if swifts are absent from the nest sites they have used previously.

    • Groups of swifts flying fast at roof height, often screaming loudly? Yes, please record these;
    • Swifts entering holes in buildings? Yes, swifts nest in holes, so again record these;
    • Swifts flying into a swift nest box? Yes, please record these.
    • Swifts flying high in the sky or away from settlements? No, they are not necessarily local breeding birds. If you wish, please record via https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/birdtrack instead.

Organised by Tayside Biodiversity Partnership

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