Swifts are aerial birds and their natural nesting sites are typically in crevices and cavities in buildings such as old roofs, chimneys, and under roof tiles. However, modern buildings often lack suitable nesting sites due to their construction methods and design.
To address this issue, specially designed swift bricks are now available that provide a suitable nesting site for swifts in new buildings. These bricks can be installed during the construction phase and provide a secure and appropriate place for swifts to breed and raise their young.
When installing a Swift Bird Box it’s important to position them as high as possible on the building’s exterior to mimic their natural nesting sites. Swifts typically nest in colonies, so installing multiple swift boxes in close proximity can help to encourage swifts to nest in the area.
Providing nesting opportunities for swifts not only benefits these birds but also contributes to the local ecosystem. Swifts are excellent insect hunters and their presence can help to control populations of flying insects such as mosquitoes and flies.