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A Wild Night In with Edward Mayer, Swift Conservation

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Join us for an informative, educational and inspirational virtual talk about swift conservation with special guest Edward Mayer

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We are thrilled to host a virtual evening with Edward Mayer of Swift Conservation on Thursday 29th July at 7pm.

Join us for what is sure to be an informative, educational and inspirational talk about how we can save our swifts!

In 2003 Edward Mayer pioneered an approach to preserving the future of the Swift (The Common Swift: Apus apus) through advice, talks and the encouragement of widespread volunteer action. Having realised that swifts were in decline in the area he lived in, he tried to find out the reasons. These turned out to be the replacement of roofs and the insulation of old houses, which blocked the holes where the Swifts had lived.

He studied the efforts of Swift experts in Germany, and began his work by creating “London’s Swifts” an internet-based advice service focusing on how to preserve existing nest sites and create new provision.

It was such a success that the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds asked him to make it a national service and “Swift Conservation” was born. It soon started to receive appeals for help from enthusiasts in Europe, so Edward widened its scope to cover Europe too.

“Swift Conservation” supplies advice via its web site but Edward has also given over 300 talks and training sessions to various organisations. Free leaflets and nest box designs are available, as well as recordings of Swift calls for attracting the birds to new nest sites. Edward also provides tailored advice on specific projects and on the setting up of local groups to support Swifts.

Swifts are amazing, beautiful birds. Supreme aerialists, they spend almost all their life in the air, a lot of that at low level, feeding on airborne insects. They feed, drink, mate and sleep on the wing, and only land to breed. So a young Swift will spend its first two or three years in constant flight before it nests. Because they never land on the ground, and are so fast and so totally aerial, Swifts are very hard to study. There's still an awful lot that we don't know about them, making them a real Mystery Bird.

Tickets to this event are suggested donation of £3 and must be booked in advance. Your donations mean so much to us and support the important work we carry out across Sheffield and Rotherham. Thank you.

Thank you so much to all our members who make these events possible.

We can't wait to see you all there!

(c) Stefan Johansson

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