They swoop so low and soar so high
I think there may be more than ten -
do you see the swifts are here again?
We know it's summer round here when
our favourite bird comes gliding by
You see the swifts are here! Again
they sweep so low and soar so high!
The swifts returned to Edinburgh yesterday!
As many readers of this blog know, the swift is my favourite bird. It arrives in the UK in May and has left by the end of August. It spends almost all its life on the wing, only landing to build its nest and lay its eggs. The skies outside our flat are full of swifts at this time of the year, they are wonderfully acrobatic. There are at least ten of them most years (I've only seen three so far this year, but it is early days yet). But how long will this last? Swifts are in trouble in the UK.
You can help them by fitting a swift nest box. Swift Conservation can help you with fitting and maintaining a nestbox, you can find their local experts here.
Concern for Swifts Scotland aims to have swift nest site conservation incorporated into building specifications and to support the inclusion of the swift in Local Biodiversity Action Plans.
Yesterday, to co-incide with the swifts return, I posted the last poem on Bolts of Silk, the poetry journal which I've edited for the past eight years - Swifts by Andy Barritt. I've enjoyed editing Bolts of Silk, but it just felt like time to let it go.