Since his retirement in 2002, Dick Newell has devoted much time to those aerial masters of the sky – swifts. Their noisy acrobatic flights over our towns and villages for just a few short weeks in summer have become increasingly less common in recent years, prompting Dick to find out what could be done to reverse their decline in Britain. As a result, many projects have been implemented and ideas generated, some of which are documented on actionforswifts.blogspot.co.uk. In 2016 Dick and ‘Action for Swifts’ were given a Marsh Award for Innovative Ornithology. His talk will cover the lifestyle of Common Swifts, the reasons for their decline, their migrations, and ideas for nest boxing.

Venue - Aylmerton Village Hall, NR11 8PX. Please park along Church Road or in the overflow car park at the church. Please ensure that local residents can still access their driveways and there is sufficient clearance for agricultural vehicles to use the road. A torch might also be helpful, as the village has no street lighting. To keep the club's carbon footprint small, please consider car sharing.