Swift Awareness Week

Swift Awareness Week

The United Kingdom's first Swift Awareness Week (UKSAW) will take place between 16 - 23 June 2018. As part of the special week, there will be a number of events, workshops and talks organised by swift groups throughout the country. The aim of the events is to raise awareness of the Common Swift and its plight as well as to educate and encourage people to help the species.   

Swift Conservation is based in London and works with the general public, local and national government, housing associations, developers and architects to aid Swifts and other building dependent wildlife, and will be participating with other Swift Groups during UKSAW at the Walthamstow Wetlands.

Swift conservation

What we do, and why we do it

Swift Conservation works with the general public, local and national government, housing associations, developers and architects to aid Swifts and other building dependent wildlife.

Over the centuries, as we have deforested the UK and Europe and built over much of the land, wildlife that can adapt to living in buildings has assumed a prominent place in our urban environments.

Swift educational stalls

Tuesday 19th June - Friday 22nd June, 10am - 2pm

Running daily between Tuesday 19th June and Friday 22nd June, Walthamstow Wetlands will be hosting educational stalls in the Engine House between 10am - 2pm to celebrate Swift Awareness Week. Managed by local swift charities, the stalls will include a variety of reading material to help raise awareness of the Common Swift and encourage visitors to get involved to help this loved species of bird. The stalls will be manned by swift experts who will be on hand to answer questions on the Common Swift and its plight. 

There is no need to book - just turn up and enjoy this free event!

1000 Swifts over Walthamstow

Current exhibition

Last spring 3,100 residents of Walthamstow came together to welcome the Wetlands. By hand crafting a Swift out of recyclable materials and hanging it on homes and schools in the local area, attention was drawn to the endangered Swift and celebrated the opening of the Wetlands as a community endeavour that placed the environment at the centre of resident lives. 

To celebrate Swift Awareness Week, there will be an exhibition of 300 photos of these Swifts displayed on the Mezzanine at the Engine House - come and see if your Swift is among them!

Swift conservation talk with Edward Mayer

Monday 18th June, 6.30 - 8pm

Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation will be talking about Swifts, the most spectacular and charismatic urban bird, their sad decline and what we can all do
about it. Edward has devoted the past 14 years to working for Swifts, having noticed that his local population in NW London were vanishing. He set up a website providing a mass of information and guidance, and then recruited helpers and established groups to assist Swifts both here in the UK and in Europe too. The results have been surprising, and he will tell us about them in his richly illustrated talk. Following the talk, visitors can stay for an out-of-hours walk on the site to discover the many swifts that visit Walthamstow Wetlands. 

Talk: 6.30-8pm; Walk: 8-9pm. Free entry. Register to guarantee your space. First come first serve basis. Numbers are limited.