Conference Programme

This is an update (18/3/2014) of the conference programme. We do not expect many changes now. If any speaker would like their information to be modified please contact us.
Details of the parallel RSPB workshop are included at the bottom.


Day 1: Tuesday 8th April
09:30 - 12:30
Edward MayerSwift Conservation, EnglandWelcome address
Life cycle and migration studies
Anders HedenströmLund University, SwedenThe flight of Swifts as revealed by wind tunnel studies
Luit BuurmaLisserbroek, The NetherlandsThe nocturnal activities of Common Swifts
Break
Ginny CarvisigliaLondon, EnglandDo weather conditions affect the reproductive success of nesting swifts? A pilot study of one pair of swifts over a 2 year period
Susanne ÅkessonCAnMove, Dept of Biology, Lund University, SwedenTracking migrating common swifts across continents from Europe to Africa
Chris HewsonBritish Trust for Ornithology, EnglandCommon Swift stopover sites in west Africa, including commonalities with other tracked species, such as cuckoos and nightjars
Lunch
DAY 1 13:30 - 17:30New world (and other) swifts
Lyndon KearsleyAntwerp, BelgiumIberian Pallid Swifts in winter: new insights.
Christoph MeierSwiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, SwitzerlandThe influence of weather on parental care in an aerial feeder – How does Alpine Swift react in bad weather?
Célia Dias & Lidia MermoudSOS Uccelli Selvatici, SwitzerlandConservation and study of the Alpine Swift colony of the bell tower of Locarno Switzerland
Carolyn GunnColorado Parks and Wildlife, United StatesNorthern Black Swift Cypseloides niger Research – Past Present and Future
Break
Kristyn RichardsonBird Studies, CanadaChimney Swift studies in Canada.
Larry SchwittersAudubon, United StatesVaux's happening - a study of a north American Swift
Renata BiancalanaUniversidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo, BrazilSwift Conservation from a South American Perspective - a study of neotropical swifts
Charles CollinsCalifornia State University, United StatesSwift prey types and sizes
Dick NewellAction for Swifts, EnglandFilm: from BBC program Urban Jungle about Swifts in Cambridgeshire
To be followed by an optional 20 minute walk to the Cambridge Swift Tower
Day 2: Wednesday 9th April
09:00 - 12:30
Swift conservation projects - sessions for architects & planners
Laura Nicholls & Stephanie MorrenRSPB, EnglandThe RSPB swift inventory
John DayRSPB, EnglandRSPB policy and progress to date in the South West
Edward MayerSwift Conservation, EnglandThe UK housing crisis - an opportunity for Swifts
Chris MasonCherwell Swifts Conservation Project, EnglandConserving Swifts in the community
Anar GuliyevState Historical-Architectural Reserve, AzerbaijanThe Maiden Tower and swift conservation
Break
Rob MungovanSouth Cambs District Council, EnglandFulbourn Swift mitigation project
Carol WilliamsBat Conservation Trust, EnglandDesigning for Biodiversity: The RIBA book
Francisco Javier Sáez FrayssinetForo Biodiversidad Segovia, SpainProtecting swifts and other birds during maintenance and rebuilding works in Segovia
Denisa LöbbováSlovak Bat Conservation Society, SlovakiaHelping Swifts to survive in Slovakia : Building insulation and Swift survival
Lunch
DAY 2 13:30 - 17:30Nest boxing and conservation projects
Lukáš ViktoraCzech Society for Ornithology, Czech RepublicSwift Schools in the Czech Republic
Peta SamsLudlow Swift Group, EnglandSwifts and the Town Hall – the Bishop’s Castle Project
Tim CollinsNorth Luffenham, Rutland, EnglandA new swift colony - lessons from the first 10 years
Tanya HoareManchester, EnglandRenovating our roof, maintaining existing and creating new nest sites in the eaves
Break
Susanne SalingerBerlin/BUND/Mauerseglernetzwerk, GermanySwift nest sites
Vic FroomeLa Société Guernesiaise, GuernseySwift conservation projects in Guernsey
Lynda HuxleySwift Conservation Ireland, IrelandSwift projects in Co. Mayo, Ireland
Kazimierz WalaszMalopolska Ornithological Society, PolandSwift preservation in south-eastern Poland during the last seven years
Dawid ZyskowskiGreen Federation GAJA/Szczecin, PolandCurrent state of protection of swifts in Poland
Dinner at Caius College (for those who have booked)
DAY 3: Thursday 10th April
09:00 - 12:30
Swifts in the arts
Charles FosterUniversity of Oxford, EnglandThe Swift as a literary icon
Jonathan PomroyWildlife Artist, EnglandSwifts: an appreciation using my own sketches
Swift Welfare
Stefano PesaroOfficial Veterinarian, Liberi di volare/Trieste, ItalyStudy of distrophic feathers observed in Common Swift Apus apus
Gillian WestrayPrivate rehabilitator, EnglandVarious aspects of handling swifts, including the hazards vs. benefits of ringing adult birds
Break
Enric FustéFalciotnegre.com, CataloniaLooking for an optimal hand-rearing swift protocol
Elena Abdullaeva & Pavel Karabaev (presented by Jake Allsop)TashkentSwift Rescue Initiative in Uzbekistan
Oleg KashkarovUzbekistan Society for the Protection of Birds (UzSPB), UzbekistanUpdate on Bird Protection in Uzbekistan
Lunch
DAY 3 13:30 - 17:00Population monitoring
Hayley SherwinRSPB, Northern IrelandThe Belfast Swift survey
Hein VerkadeNoordwijk, The Netherlands22 years of monitoring nest entrances of Common Swifts in Noordwijk
Will PeachRSPB, EnglandPoint counts: a methodology for indexing the relative abundance of breeding swifts.
Evert PellenkoftAmsterdam Swift Conservation Group, The NetherlandsIs it possible to get an agreeable estimate of swift numbers? Some views on counting swifts in the Netherlands
Amnonn HahnFriends of the Swifts, IsraelA Swift way for peace
Break
Panel discussion
Wrap up

Workshop
On Wednesday afternoon, 9th April there is a parallel workshop, organised by the RSPB.
There may be some places available for conference delegates who would like to attend. No additional charge.

13:30 Stephanie Morren Welcome & Introduction 
13:35 Stephanie Morren Icebreaker (group work) 
13:50 John Day & Laura Nicholls
14:10 Edward Mayer, John Day, Carol Williams et al 
14:45 Edward Mayer et al Exercise (group work) 
15:30 Coffee break 
15:50 Edward Mayer et al Feedback (from groups) 
16:35 Edward Mayer et al Question & Answer session 
16:50 John Day & Lyndon Parker 
17:30 Depart 

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