SWT Receive Further Funding for Swift Boxes

Storrington & Arun Valley Sussex Wildlife Trust installing swift boxes

Storrington and Arun Valley Sussex Wildlife Trust Regional Group (SAVRG) are delighted to announce that Wilder Horsham District have awarded them funding to install swift boxes in Storrington and surrounding villages for a second time.

Last year SAVRG volunteers organised the installation of more than 50 swift boxes in Storrington and Sullington, Amberley, Billingshurst and Pulborough. Their mission is to try to help this iconic bird find more places to nest in our villages and so increase the population of swifts which has been in steep decline in recent years.

Swifts used to be a common sight in our towns and villages but during home renovations or when insulation is fitted, old nesting sites under the eaves of our houses can become blocked. New buildings often don’t include space for nesting, whether that be under eaves or with specially designed swift bricks. This among other factors, including climate change and the catastrophic decline in insect populations, has resulted in UK swift numbers falling by more than half between 1995 and 2016.

During the 2023 nesting season, SAVRG volunteers were busy surveying known nest sites and watching to see if the swifts without nest sites would occupy their new boxes. While they did show some interest, it is very early days. Towards the end of 2023, the Group sought additional locations which would be suitable for a swift box. As last year, many local homeowners have offered to host one or more swift boxes, along with local businesses and churches.

The Group applied for further funding from Wilder Horsham District and were thrilled to receive confirmation that funding would be available to proceed with the new installations in 2024. Installations will start in late March in time for the 2024 nesting season.
SAVRG would like to thank Wilder Horsham District and all their existing and potential hosts for their generosity in making this Swift Project possible. Anyone interested in learning more about SAVRG or this project can contact the Group at swtstorringtonregion@gmail.com

Wilder Horsham District is a Partnership between Sussex Wildlife Trust and Horsham District Council which aims to deliver a Nature Recovery Network for Horsham District. Alongside the conservation work of the Partnership, it also provides grants to community groups, who want to implement practical schemes to improve nature networks in our district. More information on the Scheme is available here.

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