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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and include 'swift bricks' in the subject line.
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.
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
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 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!
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