A swift watch, with banging & fledging

We were very privileged to see a fledgling leave the nest for the first time whilst swift watching with Edward and Mandy Meyer of Swift Conservation on Marta Strand's terrace in last week. We had been invited to see behaviour called 'banging' - gangs of swifts race past the nest, briefly pausing at the nest hole, sometimes clinging briefly to the bricks before moving on.

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We Love Swifts

 Screaming Party. Copyright Bernard Genton

Over the following weeks we will be sharing swift pictures and facts over TwitterInstagram and Facebook under the hashtags #swiftfacts and #saveourswifts. Please join us by sharing your swift stories, facts and images or videos. We look forward to seeing them and spreading the word on how wonderful swifts are for many more to enjoy and be aware of them this summer.  Help us spread the word about swifts and their needs so we can continue to enjoy their visits for many more summers to come.

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Tips on placing your Little Bird Boxes

"This weekend we will install our Little Bird Box on a three hundred year old cherry tree in a small village deep into the mountains of Niigata. They still have 1.5 meters of snow so it will be interesting. With this project in mind we put together a checklist for installing your Habi-Sabi boxes." Carolina Vallejo. from Tokyo

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Read this and love Swifts!

"There’s nothing like Swifts for brightening up our lives. Only Swifts can add such dash, excitement and drama to the sky. Nothing else can get near to flying like that, and bring that something extra special to the skies above even the grimmest townscape." Edward Mayer

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Edward Mayer talks about swifts

As we announced earlier, the wonderful Edward Mayer from Swift Conservation UK came to Habi-Sabi HQ to share with us some of his vast expertise on swifts. We managed to pull him aside for a few minutes to ask him basic facts about the swift life-cycle and how we can best support them in our cities.

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