Swifts in Maidenhead and Cookham are in catastrophic decline. Help give our swifts a home
The group was formed as Maidenhead, Marlow and Cookham Swift Group in July 2015. In 2021, Marlow Swifts formed and this group is now focused on Maidenhead and Cookham. It is dedicated to helping save local swifts. Numbers have declined by 50% in the last 20 years.
Swifts fly here from Africa to breed and unless they can find suitable nesting sites, they cannot raise chicks.
Our main project has been to re-establish the population of swifts in Cookham, which has begun to recover as at June 2021.
Maidenhead has a number of significant established colonies.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has chosen to make the swift one of its chosen species for its biodiversity action plan
We have held events in the past (before Covid) to help local people find out about swifts and to update them on our projects.
The next event is at Braywick Nature Centre in January 2022 when swift boxes made by Bisham Nest Box Group will be on show and for sale. Jan Stannard will also be at the event to provide advice on swifts.
We need people to look for swifts nesting in their road and a few surrounding roads.
Could you be a swift spotter for us? Great family-friendly activity and vital for planning swift support in Maidenhead and Cookham.