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RSPB Swift nest box

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Swift numbers have declined steadily in recent decades; they are on the UK Red List of birds of highest conservation concern, and they need our help. This nest box has been designed in conjunction with Action for Swifts – a voluntary organisation working solely for the conservation of Swifts.

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Product description

The RSPB Swift nest box fits directly beneath even the narrowest of eaves, and its sloping roof improves durability and makes it hard for predators to gain purchase.

Its entry hole measures 28 x 65mm and is designed to keep Starlings out, while its internal nest cup will encourage any Swift inspecting the box to take up residence. Swifts prefer to occupy nest boxes that contain a nest cup, compared to those without.

  • Handcrafted in the UK, this Swift nest box is made from timber.
  • Overall measurements are 44cm wide, 21.7cm tall (at the back), 12cm tall (at the front) and 20.2cm deep at the deepest point.
  • Weight is approximately 3.5kg.

The type of timber used for this nest box is 2cm thick pine wood, containing a high proportion of natural resins which help to protect the wood. This thickness is important both for longevity of the nest box, and to offer added insulation for nesting Swifts.

The document attached below (and also supplied with the nest box) contains all you need to know to help you make this an ideal breeding home for these epic adventurers as they seek a safe place in summer. It also contains lots of information on other ways you can help Swifts, including submitting sightings of nesting Swifts to the RSPB SwiftMapper.

Swift nest box PDF

Looking for a home for Swallows? Try our specially-designed Swallows bird home instead. Our Swift nest box is specifically designed only for Swifts.

With a wide range of expertly designed birdhouses to choose from, you can easily provide a safe, welcoming home in your garden for different wild birds. 


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Age: 65+

Swifts have ignored our 3 boxes
We put three boxes up under our eaves in early spring. The local swifts, whose numbers are depleted from 10 years ago, have ignored them. I contacted RSPB asking for statistics regarding success rates with their boxes but have received no response at all. Does anyone know what proportion of these nestboxes actually get used by swifts?

RSPB response

We are sorry to hear this. Birds will often taken time to get used to something new. Swifts have been known not to nest in a box for a year or so, but once they use it, they will keep coming back.

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joseph mahony
Age: 45 - 54

Swift Box.
Very fast delivery, Swift box is very well made, looks smart. very pleased with product would recommend.
Five stars*****.
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Age: 65+

Nice looking box, fixing needs some thought.
This is an attractive box but the bare timber, weight and small fixings need some thought before putting it up. The box is quite heavy as it's made from decent timber but apart from the roof is untreated and as my other bird boxes get quite wet it really needs treating to stop rot, which admittedly could take several years. The brackets don't look sturdy enough for the weight of the box, so I'm going to beef up the screws and fit some sort of support underneath. Here's hoping the swifts appreciate my efforts.

RSPB response

Thank you for your review. We can confirm that our nest boxes are designed to last many years without treatment, and that the brackets should be sufficient to hold this. Thank you for your thorough feedback.

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