Find a 'screaming party' as swifts call to each other on a summer evening
Swifts are dark brown birds with long, narrow wings and slightly forked tails which often look black against the sky. They characteristically fly incredibly nimbly and very low screeching as they go and almost never land – except when nesting – and do everything on the wing, even sleep! The best time to catch sight of them is dusk or dawn.
Rectory Wood and Field is a 10 hectare site that forms a gateway from the town of Church Stretton onto the Long Mynd and is a great place to see and hear swift calling to each other, the best time to catch sight of them is dusk or dawn.
For more information on swifts why not visit the RSPB website.
The site is also great for other wildlife too and the woodland is particularly well-blessed with ancient trees. The most impressive of these is a veteran 18th century sweet chestnut. Such trees have tremendous cultural value as living monuments but also play host to a range of birds, bats, small mammals and invertebrates who make use of rotten wood and cavities. Take a wander through this site to experience the ‘least stressful place in England!’ A picnic site is located at the edge of Rectory Field where swifts are more likely to be seen.