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Swifts are one of the iconic birds of summer, returning to the UK to breed in early May each year. But they need our help! in the last 20 years their breeding population in the UK has halved, probably due to lack of nest sites in modern buildings and the decline in insect numbers. June 16th-23rd will be the first UK Swift Awareness Week, highlighting the plight of swifts and the rescue efforts of conservation organisations and individuals who are working to save them, for instance by creating artificial nest sites and by rearing orphaned and injured swifts. More detailed text, including Swift Facts, Problems, Solutions and Web links, is available on request. NPL will be supporting Action for Swifts and Swift Conservation as our chosen conservation project for July - September 2018.
Common swifts (Apus apus) flying overhead, Wiltshire, UK, June.  Digital composite image.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swifts (Apus apus) flying overhead, Wiltshire, UK, June. Digital composite image.
Common swift (Apus apus) screaming as they fly in formation over cottage roofs at dusk, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, June 2018.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) screaming as they fly in formation over cottage roofs at dusk, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, June 2018.
Four Common swifts (Apus apus) silhouetted against the sky as they fly in formation over the chimney of a cottage at dusk, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, June 2018.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Four Common swifts (Apus apus) silhouetted against the sky as they fly in formation over the chimney of a cottage at dusk, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, June 2018.
Common swift (Apus apus) flying overhead with its tail feathers spread out, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, June 2018.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying overhead with its tail feathers spread out, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, June 2018.
Common swift (Apus apus) flying back to its nest under the roof of an old half-timbered house with several swift nests under it, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, June.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying back to its nest under the roof of an old half-timbered house with several swift nests under it, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, June.
Common swift  (Apus apus) flying to a nest box attached to the eaves of a cottage with a feather and straw in its beak to build its nest with, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, May 2018.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying to a nest box attached to the eaves of a cottage with a feather and straw in its beak to build its nest with, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, May 2018.
Screaming party of Common swifts (Apus apus) flying around a church bell tower at dusk, where a large colony breeds in nestboxes behind the window louvres, All Saints Church, Worlington, Suffolk, UK,...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Screaming party of Common swifts (Apus apus) flying around a church bell tower at dusk, where a large colony breeds in nestboxes behind the window louvres, All Saints Church, Worlington, Suffolk, UK,...
Common swift (Apus apus) flying overhead, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, May.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying overhead, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, May.
Three Common swifts (Apus apus) flying overhead, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, June.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Three Common swifts (Apus apus) flying overhead, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, June.
Common swift (Apus apus) group flying past an old half-timbered house with several swift nests under the roof at dusk, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, June.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) group flying past an old half-timbered house with several swift nests under the roof at dusk, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, June.
Orphaned Common swift chick (Apus apus) hand fed with a cricket by Judith Wakelam in her home, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July. Model released.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Orphaned Common swift chick (Apus apus) hand fed with a cricket by Judith Wakelam in her home, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July. Model released.
Judith Wakelam weighing an orphaned Common swift chick (Apus apus) she has reared in her home, to check if it is fully grown ready to be released, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July. Model released.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Judith Wakelam weighing an orphaned Common swift chick (Apus apus) she has reared in her home, to check if it is fully grown ready to be released, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July. Model released.
Judith Wakelam releasing an orphaned Common swift chick (Apus apus) she has fostered and fed with insects at her home until it was ready to fly, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July. Model released. Winner o...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Judith Wakelam releasing an orphaned Common swift chick (Apus apus) she has fostered and fed with insects at her home until it was ready to fly, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July. Model released. Winner o...
People watching Swifts (Apus apus) flying around Holy Trinity church during a swift walk organised by the local swift group, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK, June. Digital composite. Model released.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / People watching Swifts (Apus apus) flying around Holy Trinity church during a swift walk organised by the local swift group, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK, June. Digital composite. Model released.
Common swift (Apus apus) two flying over the weathercock on the spire of Holy Trinity Church, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK, June.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) two flying over the weathercock on the spire of Holy Trinity Church, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK, June.
Common swift  (Apus apus) two flying overhead, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, May 2018.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) two flying overhead, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, May 2018.
Common swifts (Apus apus) flying over rooftops, having just arrived after migration from African wintering grounds, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, May.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swifts (Apus apus) flying over rooftops, having just arrived after migration from African wintering grounds, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, May.
Common swift (Apus apus) screaming as they fly in formation over cottage roofs at dusk, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, June 2018.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) screaming as they fly in formation over cottage roofs at dusk, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, June 2018.
Common swift (Apus apus) flying overhead, having just arrived after migration from African wintering grounds, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, May.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying overhead, having just arrived after migration from African wintering grounds, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, May.
Common swift (Apus apus) group flying overhead, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK, May.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) group flying overhead, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, UK, May.
Common swift (Apus apus) flying overhead, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, May.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying overhead, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, May.
Common swift (Apus apus) flying to a nest box attached to the eaves of a cottage with its throat pouch bulging with insects it has caught to feed its chicks, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, June.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying to a nest box attached to the eaves of a cottage with its throat pouch bulging with insects it has caught to feed its chicks, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, June.
Common swift (Apus apus) flying overhead, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, May 2018.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying overhead, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, May 2018.
Common swift (Apus apus) group flying past a Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) resting on the roof of a cottage, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, May.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) group flying past a Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) resting on the roof of a cottage, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, May.
Common swift (Apus apus) flying from its nest site in a roof crevice in an old building, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying from its nest site in a roof crevice in an old building, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, July.
Common swift (Apus apus) flying to its nest site under roof tiles on an old cottage, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, May 2018.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying to its nest site under roof tiles on an old cottage, Lacock, Wiltshire, UK, May 2018.
Common swift (Apus apus) flying from a nest box attached to the eaves of a cottageafter feeding its chicks, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, June. Winner of Conservation Documentary Award in Bird Photographe...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying from a nest box attached to the eaves of a cottageafter feeding its chicks, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, June. Winner of Conservation Documentary Award in Bird Photographe...
Common swift (Apus apus) flying to its nest site under roof tiles on an old cottage, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, July. Winner of Conservation Documentary Award in Bird Photographer of the Year competiti...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying to its nest site under roof tiles on an old cottage, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, July. Winner of Conservation Documentary Award in Bird Photographer of the Year competiti...
Common swift (Apus apus) with a throat pouch bulging with insects flying to a swift nestbox attached to the eaves of a cottage to feed its chicks, near Trowbridge, Wiltshire, UK, June.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) with a throat pouch bulging with insects flying to a swift nestbox attached to the eaves of a cottage to feed its chicks, near Trowbridge, Wiltshire, UK, June.
Common swift (Apus apus) flying from a nest box after feeding its chicks, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, June.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying from a nest box after feeding its chicks, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, June.
Swift nest boxes atached to the eaves of a cottage, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, June.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Swift nest boxes atached to the eaves of a cottage, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, June.
Two multiple nestboxes for Common swifts (Apus apus)  attached to the wall of a block of flats, Edgecombe, Cambridge, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Two multiple nestboxes for Common swifts (Apus apus) attached to the wall of a block of flats, Edgecombe, Cambridge, UK, July.
Five nestboxes for Common swifts (Apus apus) made from plastic piping, attached to the wall of a block of flats, Edgecombe, Cambridge, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Five nestboxes for Common swifts (Apus apus) made from plastic piping, attached to the wall of a block of flats, Edgecombe, Cambridge, UK, July.
Five nestboxes for Common swifts (Apus apus) made from plastic piping, attached to the wall of a block of flats, Edgecombe, Cambridge, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Five nestboxes for Common swifts (Apus apus) made from plastic piping, attached to the wall of a block of flats, Edgecombe, Cambridge, UK, July.
Two nest boxes for Common swifts (Apus apus) attached under the eaves of a block of flats, with a nesting Swift peering from one, Edgecombe, Cambridge, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Two nest boxes for Common swifts (Apus apus) attached under the eaves of a block of flats, with a nesting Swift peering from one, Edgecombe, Cambridge, UK, July.
Five nest boxes for Common swifts (Apus apus) attached under the eaves of a house, Milton, Cambridge, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Five nest boxes for Common swifts (Apus apus) attached under the eaves of a house, Milton, Cambridge, UK, July.
Swift nestbox on a house wall alongside hollow ^swift brick^ entrances to nest boxes in a roof space, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Swift nestbox on a house wall alongside hollow ^swift brick^ entrances to nest boxes in a roof space, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July.
Common swift (Apus apus) flying from a nest box after feeding its chicks, Landbeach, Cambridgeshire, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) flying from a nest box after feeding its chicks, Landbeach, Cambridgeshire, UK, July.
Juvenile Common swift (Apus apus) looking out from a nest box, Hilperton, Wiltshire, England, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Juvenile Common swift (Apus apus) looking out from a nest box, Hilperton, Wiltshire, England, UK, July.
Common swift chick (Apus apus) almost fully grown resting in a nest box in an attic, one of several monitored by an infrared CCTV system, Cambridge, UK, August.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift chick (Apus apus) almost fully grown resting in a nest box in an attic, one of several monitored by an infrared CCTV system, Cambridge, UK, August.
Six nest boxes for Common swifts (Apus apus) in a roof space with swift brick entrance holes and perspex backs so nesting birds can be monitored by a cctv camera and a call playback system, with one n...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Six nest boxes for Common swifts (Apus apus) in a roof space with swift brick entrance holes and perspex backs so nesting birds can be monitored by a cctv camera and a call playback system, with one n...
Householder points to a monitor linked to an infra red camera in her attic focused on a group of perspex backed swift nestboxes, Cambridge, UK, July. Model released.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Householder points to a monitor linked to an infra red camera in her attic focused on a group of perspex backed swift nestboxes, Cambridge, UK, July. Model released.
Swift expert Dick Newell describing Common swift (Apus apus) behaviour seen by Pam Gatrell on a monitor linked to an infra red camera in her attic focused on a group of perspex backed swift nestboxes,...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Swift expert Dick Newell describing Common swift (Apus apus) behaviour seen by Pam Gatrell on a monitor linked to an infra red camera in her attic focused on a group of perspex backed swift nestboxes,...
Monitor linked to an infra red camera in a Common swift (Apus apus) nestbox with an adult sitting beside two well developed chicks in a nest cup, Worlington, UK, Suffolk.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Monitor linked to an infra red camera in a Common swift (Apus apus) nestbox with an adult sitting beside two well developed chicks in a nest cup, Worlington, UK, Suffolk.
Two Common swift chicks (Apus apus), close to fledging from a nest box in All Saints Church belfry, inspected during a ringing study, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Two Common swift chicks (Apus apus), close to fledging from a nest box in All Saints Church belfry, inspected during a ringing study, Worlington, Suffolk, UK, July.
Two Common swift chicks (Apus apus), close to fledging, peering out from a nest box under the eaves of a cottage, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Two Common swift chicks (Apus apus), close to fledging, peering out from a nest box under the eaves of a cottage, Hilperton, Wiltshire, UK, July.
Common swift (Apus apus) feeding its chick in a nest box, Cambridge, UK, July.  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift (Apus apus) feeding its chick in a nest box, Cambridge, UK, July.
Common swift chick (Apus apus) almost fully grown sitting in a nest cup calling loudly to beg for food from a parent that has just returned to its nest box from a foraging trip with a throat pouch ful...  -  Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Common swift chick (Apus apus) almost fully grown sitting in a nest cup calling loudly to beg for food from a parent that has just returned to its nest box from a foraging trip with a throat pouch ful...
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