Northamptonshire Biodiversity Records Centre

Look out for Swifts!

Swift photo: David Tipling/2020VISION
Swift photo: David Tipling/2020VISION
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Welcome to the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire Swift Survey hosted by Northamptonshire Biodiversity Records Centre (NBRC).

Swifts are built for speed and are returning to our shores from April, we need you to record when they do, where they can nest and monitor breeding behaviour. The population of these birds has halved in last twenty years. The reason for this decline is complex, but we do know that they need safe nesting sites in order to breed. This survey over Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire helps inform Wildlife Trust action: to help build a connected network of nesting sites (and habitats for their insect food). Help these wonderful birds recover!



From here you can access recording forms to log sightings of screaming parties, nest sites in buildings and dedicated nest boxes.

For more information about swifts, including help with identification and nest boxes, please visit the Wildlife Trust BCN Help our swifts information page.

Before submitting your records, please read the NBRC Privacy Policy and NBRC's record submission Terms and Conditions.

If this is your first record submission, please read our quick guide to Using the NBRC Website to Submit Biological Records.

If you would like to submit more than one sighting or plan to submit sightings on a regular basis, please create an account before you submit your sightings.  You will then be able to view, edit and download all your submitted records.

Please note that submitted records don't appear on the My Records and All Records pages straight away.  We would advise that you check these pages the following day.


To get started please select one of the options below

 Submit screaming party records

Swift image: David Tipling/2020VISION
Swift: David Tipling/2020VISION


Submit natural swift nest records  

Swift nest site image
Swift nest site: Josh Hellon


Submit swift nest box records  

Swift nest box image
Swift nest box: Josh Hellon