Monday, 6 October 2014

Cambridge International Swift Conference 2014 - summary proceedings

For those who missed this conference, we have produced a summary.

The Summary Proceedings can be found on
Image quality is better if you download it and view it as a pdf.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Late papers

On the last day of the conference, things conspired to prevent two papers from being presented.:

Dr ThaĆ­s Martins,
Cornwall College, Newquay:

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Latest News

So far, over 140 people from 24 countries will be attending, and everything seems to be on track for a great conference and dinner.

There are a few new announcements:

Monday evening, 7th April: we are planning an informal pre-Conference get-together in  The Old Spring,  a popular Cambridge pub with good food. If you are in town, please come along from 6pm onwards. We have marked the location on this map.
Speakers please bring your memory sticks.

Tuesday 8th April: conference registration will start at 08:30 ready for the sessions starting at 09:30. Speakers please bring your memory sticks.

Tuesday 8th April: There will be an organised 20 minute walk from the conference to the Cambridge Swift Tower at the end of Tuesday's sessions. For those who wish to visit the Tower in their own time, it is also marked on the same map

Wednesday 9th April: In addition to the main programme, in the afternoon there will be a parallel workshop organised by the RSPB for architects, planners and people in the building trade. There may be some places available on this workshop for conference attendees. Please let us know if you would like to attend this - there is no additional charge for conference attendees. Outline details are at the bottom of the program.

Wednesday 9th April: conference dinner: pre-dinner drinks will be served from 7:0pm. The location of Gonville & Caius College is shown on the map. Please let us know of any dietary requirements.

WIFI will be available in the Conference Hall.

Car parking: There is limited parking at the school; cars may be left overnight at the owners risk, but the gates shut at 18:00. Availability is on a first come first serve basis. Car owners will be required to leave details of their vehicle (number plate, colour and make) at the registration desk in the school. Access to the school is shown on the second map here.

Dietary Requirements: for both the lunches at the school and for the conference dinner, please let us know of any special requirements. 

If you require any further information or assistance, please email Dick or Jake on

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Conference Announcement

UPDATE 27th February
We have, so far, enrolled 132 people from 24 countries. We still have space for a few more. If you require an enrolment form, please contact us at
Take a look at the Pages below right for detailed information about the conference.

You are invited to attend the Cambridge International Swift Conference which will be modelled on the highly successful Commonswift Seminars organised by Ulrich Tigges in Berlin in 2010 and 2012.

Kings College Chapel    Photo ©Wikipedia
Cambridge is an attractive historical city, accessible from all major airports and east coast ports. It has a wide range of accommodation available and a proliferation of bars and restaurants. Parkside Community College is near the centre of the city

Although the emphasis will be on the Common Swift Apus apus, we are also keen to receive offers of presentations on any aspect of other species of swift.

Subjects covered may include results from geolocator and other migration studies, breeding biology, population monitoring, rehabilitation, nest-boxing and attraction techniques, case studies of successful projects, and swifts in the arts. 

Plain Swift Apus unicolor
Lanzarote Sept 2012
Photo Dick Newell
We are at the early stages of planning, so it would be helpful if you could let us know whether you intend to come, and whether you would like to give a presentation.

The conference fee should be no more than £50.

Please contact: Edward Mayer or Dick Newell

If you would like to give a presentation, please submit a title and summary to Lyndon Kearsley, program coordinator

There will be display boards available for poster presentations. 

May we draw your attention to the Pages on the right hand side with more information. This website is a work in progress, so come back here to see details of the program as it evolves.