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Help endangered wildlife locally – join our Swift Champions


Every spring, Swifts return to our towns and cities after flying thousands of miles from Africa where they spend the winter. Swifts prefer to build their nests in buildings across our towns and cities, but over time there have become fewer places they can use and their numbers in the UK are down by over half.
Urgent action is needed to stop them disappearing from our skies, so we are building a network of volunteer Swift Champions across the West Midlands to raise awareness of and take direct action for Swifts.
There are many different ways you can support Swifts. As one of our Swift Champions you can choose to do whichever actions that you are comfortable doing.
Options include:
-Reporting Swift sightings using our app ‘Swift Mapper’ or doing regular surveys
-Building Swift nest boxes
-Working to facilitate nesting opportunities at scale through ‘Swift Streets’
-Growing wildlife-friendly plants and encouraging others to do the same
-Responding to planning applications to ensure buildings provide for Swifts
-Raising awareness of Swifts in your community through walks, talks or workshops
If you can spare some time and are interested in making a difference for Swifts in your local community, we’d love to hear from you.
Approved expenses reimbursed.

Organisation description

Our vision at RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) is to deliver a world richer in nature for both wildlife and people. As well as working locally within communities to help birds and other wildlife, we seek to influence systemic change, working with policy makers and others to ensure positive outcomes for nature.


Jamie Murphy
07834 535382


Please contact us to discuss any access requirements

Preferred skills

-Can work well independently or as part of a team
-Are good at communicating with others either in person or in writing
-Are interested in taking action for nature

Experience gained

-You will join a network of people with an interest in helping wildlife thrive locally
-Valuable experience of working for a conservation charity
-Being part of a small and friendly team of staff and volunteers
-Expanding your networks, meeting like-minded people and making new friends
-Playing a pivotal role in nature recovery in the West Midlands
-Full training and support
-The opportunity should you wish of development within the role and opportunities to get involved in other RSPB work in the area

Will the organisation carry out a DBS check?


Minimum age


Age focus

  • Older people
  • Adults
  • Young adults
  • Secondary school age young people
  • Primary School children
  • Pre-school children

Time of volunteering

  • Weekdays
  • Weekends
  • Daytime
  • Evenings


  • Mainly indoors
  • Mainly outdoors
  • To learn new skills and improve my job prospects
  • To share my skills and creativity

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