Here are a few facts about the swift:
What can you do to help the swift?
Here are some ways you can help this special bird:
Report renovations. If you know that swifts breed in a building that is being or will be renovated, there is a good chance that the Flora & Fauna Law will be transgressed. One solution is to hang up nesting boxes from the scaffolding.
The swift is a protected bird: make sure to report transgressions of the Flora & Fauna Law. You can report a transgression by calling the city district 14020 or contacting Natuur&Milieuteam Zuid. Nests should not be disturbed or removed, not even outside the breeding season!
Report breeding places and colonies, and take part in inventories. If we know where swifts breed, we can demand replacement nests when buildings are being demolished or renovated. Here is a map of Amsterdam’s swift colonies.
Hang up nest boxes, ideally fitted with bird calls to attract swifts.
Amsterdam also has a group of volunteers dedicated to protecting Swifts. Contact Amsterdam Swift Working Group if you are interested in joining.
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