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March 2019

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Bromley Swift Survey 2018 - the results!

Bromley Swift Survey 2018 - the results!

In the summer of 2018 over 120 volunteers from across Bromley took to the streets in search of our borough's swifts. Thanks to the work of these dedicated citizen scientists, we now know much more about these endangered birds and how we can help them thrive.

We've been crunching the numbers and can now reveal the results. You can read our survey report on the link at the end of this page.

This was the first year of the RSPB Bromley Swift Survey and, thanks to all our volunteer surveyors, it was incredibly successful. The survey covered around 75% of the places where swifts might be nesting in the borough - not bad going as Bromley is London's largest borough by area!

Our surveyors found around 50 swift nesting sites. They also saw low-flying swifts at over 160 locations, a sure sign that they were nesting nearby. This means that we now have a good idea where there are strongholds for nesting swifts in our borough, which will allow work to protect and increase their nesting places to be targeted in the right areas.

This information is vital given that there are fewer than half the numbers of swifts in our skies today compared to 20 years ago. Swifts nest exclusively in gaps in our buildings, often under the eaves, but modern building designs and renovations are excluding them, contributing to their rapid decline.

As swift numbers vary from one year to the next and given that we still have 25% of the borough to cover, we're repeating the survey in 2019.

We're looking for more volunteer swift surveyors. No prior experience or knowledge is needed. We'll give you a local area to survey and ask you to:

take a few short walks over the summer

let us know where you see any swifts.

Email bromleyrspbrecords@gmail.com to take part.

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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Our spring events

Our spring events

Click on the link below to download the latest programme of our upcoming events.

They include talks from leading wildlife experts and authors, free local nature walks and day trips by coach and car to outstanding reserves, from the Suffolk coast to the Dorset heaths.

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