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Salisbury And Wilton Swifts (SAWS) is one of over 90 local projects nationwide which are helping swifts. We aim to help reverse the rapid decline of swifts locally. We are run by a small group of volunteers. 

SAWS was originally set up in 2017 by the suggestion of Phil Sheldrake, who was at that time the RSPB Conversation Officer for Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Phil was also responsible for bringing back nesting Peregrine falcons to Salisbury Cathedral.

We would also like to acknowledge the support of the local RSPB South Wilts group leaders Tony Goddard and Sue Walker.
SAWS also received the support of The Secret Garden in Salisbury (CIC) whilst setting up.

Since 2017, we have:


  • Installed over 400 nest boxes on homes, schools and businesses.

  • Created nesting boxes for 5 churches.

  • Led over 20 Swift walks and talks in Salisbury, Wilton and Downton.


  • Worked with Wiltshire Council to provide free nest boxes for their tenants. 

We also influence councils, architects and builders to ensure that integral swift bricks are included in new buildings. In Salisbury this has included 20 bricks on a new development of retirement flats and 6 on a new school building extension.

If you live outside of our area you may like to find a group local to you here, or set up your own.

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