2014 - Summer

Evening Swift watching walks were organised in Kidlington, Kirtlington, Leafield and Fritwell. We also participated in two lunch time city walks for Oxford University staff. The walks started in Wellington Square where Swifts are still nesting more than 60 years after they were recorded there by David Lack, the author of Swifts in a Tower. Swifts have also been seen entering nest boxes which were put up in the square 18 months ago.
Other events
There was plenty of interest in our stalls at the one day Festivals in Bloxham (Bloxfest) and Bodicote (Bodfest), where we were able to talk to people about Swifts and the risks they face, and about the project and what we have found out about the local Swifts, as well as gather new information.
Swifts in Bloxham and Bodicote
These two villages are strongholds for Swifts. Thanks to the efforts of local Swift watchers we know that at least 40 pairs nested in each village in 2014.
The map below shows our updated information about Swift numbers in the whole of the District.

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