Come help make a Scream of Swifts – Sun 15th & 22nd January – Abbeyfield Park

Patrick Amber and Jan-Erik Bullet who made the fantastic swift for the Sheffield Swift Network’s recent petition presentation at the Sheffield Town Hall will be hosting 2 workshops, making a Scream of Swifts! All swifts made will be used for SSN’s forthcoming publicity and campaign events.

They will be making swifts out of willow, tissue paper and paint. Both adults and children are very welcome.

The events are taking place on Sunday 15th and Sunday 22nd January, 10am to 2pm, Abbeyfield Park, 30 Abbeyfield Road, Sheffield. Please come along – no previous experience necessary and the more the merrier! We at S6 Swifts will also be there.

Video recording will be taking place for promotional purposes.

Visit A Scream of Swifts for more information and book a place here!

We’ve been busy in the media over the last few days

S6 Swifts’ recent fitting of swift boxes at Malin Bridge School led to alot of media interest. On Friday we were featured in the lunchtime and evening bulletins of BBC Look North, together with Ian from the Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust and some very enthusiastic pupils! Thank you Look North for such a lovely article. I would post the link to iPlayer but it’s expired!

We were also featured in the Guardian on the same day in a fantastic article here. The real focus is on the amazing Chet from S17 Dore & Totley Swifts. Definitely worth a read!

Thank you to everyone who came to the Sheffield Swift Summit

S6 Swifts joined the other members of the newly formed Sheffield Swift Network at the very first Sheffield Swift Summit hosted by the Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust!

We were amongst the guest speakers and (hopefully) entertained everyone with our story so far and our plans for the future. It was an enjoyable evening had by all and we look forward to seeing you all again at the second summit next year!

First Ever Sheffield Swift Summit – 7th July 2022 @ 7pm – Sheffield Hallam University.

We are very excited to be a part of the inaugural Sheffield Swift Summit, hosted by the Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust. This is an evening dedicated to swifts with special guest Sarah Gibson, author of Swifts and Us. You will also find out what our newly formed Sheffield Swift Network have been up to and plans for the future. S6 Swifts will also be speaking! Details are below and we hope to see you there!

260 new nest spaces for this year’s swifts.

After today’s fittings we have managed to top 260 new nest spaces and it’s all thanks to each and every one of you that have taken part in our 9 month long nest box scheme that was only supposed to run for a couple of weeks.

We are keeping everything crossed that swifts will adopt the homes you are offering. These things take time but it’s just great that we’re all giving them a helping hand right now when they really need it.

Additional, encouraging insects in your gardens with insect friendly plants, and refraining from using weedkillers will all help boost food sources for these birds, and there’s plenty of information out there on how you can do that.

In the meantime, I’ve being doing the map again! Again – please think about plotting your box on the swift mapper if you have a moment, and also, please don’t hesitate to plot resident swifts in general. We’re looking to record existing swift colonies more formally so that we can boost initiatives to protect them – so watch this space!

Malin Bridge School gets swift boxes!

Today we visited Malin Bridge School who have joined the movement in trying to help our lovely swifts!

We fitted a total of 10 nest spaces in the form of 3 bespoke apex boxes that were fund raised by the very generous parents and local community, and a further box thanks to the Sheffield Vulcan Rotary Club. It was a wonderful afternoon and there was plenty of excitement from the children and teachers alike.

Thank you also to our newly elected Green councillor, Henry Nottage for coming along to learn more about our group and to Ian of the Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust for his support too! And for Jan of Nest Box Installations for his experience and skills up a very tall ladder!

A gift from Emma to our lovely swifts.

We have been very lucky and eternally grateful to Emma’s family and friends who donated to S6 Swifts in her memory as she requested. It means we can do awesome things for swifts like donate 2 much needed boxes where swifts sites have just had their nests destroyed / blocked by recent roof work. Hopefully the swifts will approve of this new high spec accommodation and we thank the lovely nearby neighbours who have agreed to have these fitted. Both boxes have this wording – since it’s essentially a gift from Emma.

We’re offering a full advice service

Hi Everyone. We are taking a well earned break from the current swift-box scheme which we have ran alongside our full time jobs and families. However this should not stop anyone from getting a box so we are still offering a full advice service which you can use simply by competing the enquiry form below.

This does not effect anyone already booked for our fitting days. We’re still very much open for business so please still watch this space and get in touch if you need to, for any advice, or simply to tell us you have swifts! Mel & Laura.