Woodstone Swift Box

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The decline in Swift numbers is partly due to modern properties providing fewer nesting opportunities – specifically no gaps under eaves – and older buildings being modernised and therefore also removing previous nesting sites.

(w)33cm x (h)19cm x (d)16cm


Orders received by 3pm Monday to Friday will be dispatched via DHL on a no signature delivery service; simply advise us where to leave your bags. We don't deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays.

Some orders less than 1kg in weight will come by Royal Mail.

Orders for Live Mealworms are sent directly from our supplier via Royal Mail. They are dispatched the same day if orders are received by 12pm Mon-Thurs; no orders are dispatched on a Friday. Please allow four working days for orders to arrive.

If you have not received your order within seven working days please contact us on 01775 630208.

We now deliver to all of mainland UK with no extra delivery charge. Please note that some postcode areas that are classed as Scottish Islands and Highlands may take 2-3 working days to arrive. For deliveries outside of these areas a £10 charge will be applied. Postcode areas affected include HS, IV41 – IV49, IV51, IV55 and IV56, KA27 and KA28, KW15 to KW17, PA20, PA41 to PA49, PA60 to PA78, PH42 to PH44, ZE, Isle of Man

We are unable to deliver to the Republic of Ireland or the Channel Islands.

Product Reviews
  • Anthony Hadland


    This is a very solid item, although the removable faceplate is fragile if subjected to heavy impact. (Not a problem once mounted and in use, but it would be inadvisable to drop it on a hard surface.) The box is extremely heavy and mounting it at eaves level is not for the faint hearted. The fixings that come with it would require two people - one to offer up the box and the other to insert the screws. For that reason it may be preferable to insert threaded anchors into the wall first, which if accurately positioned, could enable one person to offer up the box and then apply washers and nuts. But the measuring would have to be spot on, as the holes are not slotted to allow any tolerance.

  • Kathy Keeley


    The box is a lovely shape and undoing the fixings is made easier as they stay attached to the box so you don't lose them. The constuction is a little fragile and my box got chipped. Opening the box is a little fiddly and you need a little patience. It's quite heavy and would need support with brackets if it was put high up which it should be ideally for nesting swifts.

  • Anonymous


    Very good at replacing a damaged item


This Woodstone Swift Nest Box provides an ideal replica nesting site which will not rot or deteriorate. The Woodstone nest box is made with a mix of cement and wood fibres which provides a consistent internal temperature and protection from predators. This box can be mounted onto a wall or it can be built into the fabric of the wall. The front of the nest box is easily removed for cleaning.

What makes this nest box more suited to swift birds than others?

The first difference is that the shape of the box is landscape rather than portrait, with this reflecting the fact that Swifts sit relatively horizontal in the box as they’re unable to use their tiny and weak feet to cling to anything of note. Related to this, you’ll notice that the entrance to the Swift nest box is located a) towards one end of the box, and b) set in the lower half. So this allows the birds to enter and exit the box, plus have adequate space inside away from the hole – and including for when the young Swifts hatch and then grow.

What time of year can I expect to find Swifts nesting in the box?

Swifts return to our shores from Africa in late April and early May, and will quickly take up nesting sites – perhaps a previous one they’ve used or entirely new. Given this timing is late in the season compared to other species, a problem can occur where House sparrows have already occupied nest boxes put up specifically for Swifts. To get around the problem there are two things you can do: Firstly, cover up the entrance hole for the Swift box until late April (by then most House sparrows will have started nesting). Secondly, put up plenty of nest boxes just for House sparrows.

Where’s the best place to position a Swift nest box?

There are several considerations here. In a general sense, the best place is normally under the eaves of your house or other property. The second point is that the nest box mustn’t get direct midday and afternoon sunshine on it, so if the eaves of the property are not that deep then go for an east-facing aspect. The final consideration is that Swifts need a clear flight path in, so avoid aspects where there’s a tree or other obstacle in the way.