Common Swift in Northamptonshire

All images of Common Swift Apus apus on this site were taken in the village of Yardley Hastings in Northamptonshire. The population of Swifts in Yardley Hastings is still healthy but is a mere shadow of the larger population that existed in the 1970's. Swifts are a familiar part of an English summer, their characteristic screaming calls being heard in our towns and villages from May onwards. However, there is growing concern that Swift populations are in rapid decline due to modern building methods and better maintenance excluding them from their usual nesting places in roofs.

Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire. UK
July 2006