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Common swift (Apus apus) Flying overhead © Nick Upton

Swift Conservation Project

We are asking people in the National Park to ‘Stay Alert, Look up and Help Save Swifts!’ The background to this conservation project – and much more information about swifts – can be found in this blog post here.

How you can help – June/July 2020

If you would like to record a ‘screaming party’ of swifts, please see here.

If you would like to record nesting swifts, please see here.

What does a Screaming Party sound like?

A small screaming party recorded at town head in Hawes.

Recording a screaming party of swifts or a nesting site will help us to protect swifts. These amazing birds are still present in many of the villages and towns within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The audio recording above was taken on 17 June next to Hawes Primary School, where swifts are nesting in boxes under the eaves. The image is a bit dark because it was nearly 10pm.

If we can find out where swifts are nesting, then this information can be stored and checked by the Wildlife Conservation Team and, for instance, be used when planning applications are received by the National Park Authority. If nesting swifts are found to be present in a building, then recommendations can be made so that by following a few basic guidelines, nest sites will not be lost and alternatives can be provided.   

What does a Screaming Party look like?