Swifts breed and nest throughout Europe as far north as the arctic and as far east as parts of Asia. They arrive in the UK in spring and once they have bred and nested swifts head back to southern and central Africa late summer in search of a warmer and wetter climate where insects are plentiful.
Historically swifts utilised caves, tree-holes, cliffs and quarries as nesting sites. However, with increasing urbanisation, they have become accustomed to occupying man-made structures, under tiles, in eaves, lofts, spires and towers.
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