RSPB Swift nest box

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Swifts are notoriously picky when it comes to choosing their nest site.

This new design conforms to all the dimensions required by swifts and has been refined to exact specifications with an expert in swifts. This box is the solution for many of us looking to 'retro-fit' our homes and gardens to be more wildlife friendly. However, if you are embarking on any kind of new build, such as an extension or new house, then a swift brick, built into the fabric of the wall is the preferred option. For advice on bricks, email our conservation team at and include 'swift bricks' in the subject line.

Refined design

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.

  • Hand crafted by UK joiners, this swift nest box is made from FSC © certified softwood.
  • Overall measurements are 44cm wide, 21.7cm tall (at the back), 12cm tall (at the front) and 20.2cm deep at the deepest point.
  • Supplied with instructions and more details to help you make this an ideal breeding home for these epic adventurers as they seek a safe place in summer.

Where to put the nest box

Swift nests need to have at least 5m clearance from the ground and in front of the box to give a clear flight path to and from the nest. Please ensure your house is able to provide this clearance. Being secured tight beneath the eaves means aspect is not particularly critical and they can face any direction from NE through S to NW.

Full fitting instructions (with siting advice) are provided and you can download a copy here for your reference:

Fitting instructions PDF 

migration celebration with RSPB to support bird epic journeys

With a wide range of expertly-designed bird houses to choose from, you can easily provide a safe, welcoming home in your garden for different wild birds. RSPB Shop also provides advice on where to locate your bird house. Help us give nature a home!

    • £3.95 - Standard delivery to the UK and Channel Islands
    • FREE - for orders of £50 or more, or if you order only RSPB gift cards and/or a catalogue.
    • £5.95 - Next working day delivery (only for in-stock items ordered before 3pm to UK addresses*)
    • £5.95 - Choose the day delivery (only for in-stock items ordered before 3pm to UK addresses*)

    *Items that can be personalised and products sent direct from the supplier are not available for next day or choose the day delivery. Some postcodes are also excluded.

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    RSPB Shop offers a no-quibble free returns policy. We hope you will be delighted with every purchase, but if not, we will offer you a replacement or a full refund - whatever the reason. Just let us know within 90 days of delivery by contacting our customer service team on 0345 034 7733. Full details of our returns policy >

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    Age: 65+

    Hoping swifts share my view
    Spacious, desirable modern home with older feel!
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    Age: 45 - 54

    Beautiful swift box
    A good sturdy bird box, especially for swifts. Can't wait to put it up & wait for them to arrive. Quick delivery too, thank you.
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    Thank you for your kind review. We hope the instructions provided with the box will help you site the box safely and successfully. Good luck with your new home for swifts.
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