Barn Swallow Global Records are a way of mapping the Barn Swallows time of arrival and departure worldwide seasonally. In this section we invite you, where ever you live to become apart of the Barn Swallow World Challenge by submitting Barn Swallow migration dates of arrival to your country and when they leave.

Through these Barn Swallow records, with your contribution it is hoped to establish previously unknown information on the Barn Swallow migration which is relevant in today’s climate with the increase of environmental pressure from global warming.

We would like to take this opportunity and Thank all those that have participated and submitted information for inclusion in the Barn Swallow Global Records.

Barn Swallow Arrivals North 2017

Date of Arrival Town / Area Country Submitted by
23 April 2017 Peebles Scotland
Ann Southwood
 22 April 2017
Bishops Castle, Shropshire
UK
Val Farquharson
21 April 2017
Dalystown, Co.Westmeath
Ireland
Cathy Cooper
19 April 2017
Limavady, county Derry
Northern Ireland
Valerie Moran
18 April 2017
Stearsby, York
UK Jane Bright
17 April 2017
Cotes village, Leicestershire
UK Cynthia Sigsworth 
16 April 2017
Yorkshire
UK
Mac McDonald
15 April 2017
Wherwell
UK
Tom Parsons
15 April 2017
Badgworth, Axbridge, Somerset
UK
Graham Dumbleton
14 April 2017
Wimborne Dorset
UK
Carol Fenemore
12 April 2017
Southwick ,Ma
USA
Karen Brzezinski
9 April 2017
Horley
UK
Gail Matheson
9 April 2017
Downpatrick, Co Down
Northern Ireland
Colin Gorman
8 April 2017
Newtownards Co Down
Northern Ireland
John Milliken
8 April 2017
Blarney, Co.Cork
Ireland Kevin Baker
6 April 2017
Greatham, Hampshire
United Kingdom
Rebecca Wallace
4 April 2017
Haddington East lothian
Scotland
Gary Jones
2 April 2017
Bandon river , Bandon , Co Cork
Ireland
Sile Ryall
2 April 2017
Arlington Reservoir, East Sussex
UK
Tim Hanks and Jackie Walsh
2 April 2017
Newby, North Yorkshire
UK Mike Smith
31 March 2017
Wherwell
UK Tom Parsons
30 March 2017
Silverton
England
Chris Catlin
28-30 March 2017
North Brittany, Botlezan
France Ella Ronchi 
26 March 2017
St Georges de Reintembault
France
Veronica & John Hall
22 March 2017
Hollister, California
USA
Joyce Richman
14 March 2017 Rosslare Strand Co Wexfor  Ireland
Ethel Dwyer
13 March 2017 Billesdon, East Leicestershire  UK
Audrey Walker
3 Feb 2017
Guaro/Malaga
Spain
Pauline Duffill
House Martin
1 April 2017
 Devon  UK  John Sandbach
Sand Martin
28 Feb 2017
Rutland Water, near Oakham, Rutland
UK
Audrey Walker

Barn Swallow Arrivals North 2016

Date of Arrival Town / Area Country Submitted by
8 May 2016
Southwick, Ma
USA
Karen Brzezinski
8 May 2016
Horley, Surrey
UK
Gail Matheson
6 May 2016
Rochelle, Illinois
USA Louise Hammer 
5 May 2016 Normanton on Soar UK Andy Roberts
4 May 2016
Braid Hills in Edinburgh
Scotland Gary Jones
1 May 2016
Kållered
Sweden Ann Ahlgren
24 April 2016
Dundonald
Scotland
Thomas Taylor
22 April 2016
Krusbjerg
Denmark
Svend Jørgensen
20 April 2016
Monaghan
Ireland
Jimmy Corr
18 April 2016
Wimborne Dorset
UK
Carol Fenemore
17 April 2016
Dalystown, Co Westmeath
Ireland
Cathy Cooper
16 April 2016
Merseyside
UK
Nina Grahame
14 April 2016
Limavady
UK
Valerie Moran
14 April 2016

Newtownards

Northern Ireland

John Milliken

14 April 2016
Greatham, Hampshire
UK
Rebecca Wallace
13 April 2016 Rosslare Strand, Co. Wexford  Ireland  Ethel Dwyer 
12 April 2016 Blarney, Co. Cork  Ireland Kevin Baker 
11 April 2016 Denny, Stirlingshire UK
Matthew Kelly
8 April 2017
Stearsby
UK Jane Bright
8 April 2016 Westbury on Severn
UK Rosemary Bladon
8 April 2016 Bradmore village. South Notts UK Cynthia Sigsworth
6 April 2016 Venice Italy Catherine Bingham
4 April 2016 Sturminster Newton,Dorset England Ali Bundle
4 April 2016 Three Oaks UK Catherine Bingham
4 April 2016 Llanybyther West Wales (UK) Eddie Davies
2 April 2016 Brittany France Ella Ronchi
2 April 2016 Bough Beech Reservoir in Kent UK Tim Hanks and Jackie Walsh
2 April 2016 Yorkshire UK Mac McDonald
1 April 2016 Silverton Devon UK Chris Catlin
31 March 2016
Middlesbrough
UK
Mike Smith
25 March 2016 Wherwell UK Tom Parsons
23 March 2016 Hollister California USA Joyce H. Richman
19 March 2016 St Georges de Reintembault Brittany, France Veronica Hall
3 March 2016 Nottingham England Jamie Dunning

Barn Swallow Arrivals North 2015

Date of Arrival Town / Area Country Submitted by
23 May 2015  Dorset Wiltshire borders  UK  Yvonne Sturgeon
19 May 2015  Kållered (near Gothenburg)  Sweden  Ann Ahlgren
4 May 2015  Rochelle, Illinois  USA  Louise Hammer
3 May 2015  Southwick Ma  USA  Karen Brzezinski
30 April 2015  Shrewsbury, Massachusetts  USA  Brian Tibbetts
26 April 2015  Killaloe in Co. Clare  Ireland  Margaret Croghan
24 April 2015  Silverton Devon  UK  Chris Catlin
23 April 2015  Near Cockermouth, Cumbria  UK  Judy Mortimer
23 April 2015  Arrowrock Lodge  Ireland  Craig Robinson
22 April 2015  Langley, Warks  UK  Terri Green
22 April 2015  Manchester  UK  Paul
19 April 2015  Peebles  Scotland  Ann Southwood
17 April 2015  Yorkshire  UK  Mac McDonald
17 April 2015  Merseyside  NW England  Nina Grahame
16 April 2015  Rosslare Strand Co Wexford  Ireland  Ethel Dwyer
15 April 2015  Sofia  Bulgaria  Patrick Barclay
15 April 2015  Krusbjerg  Denmark  Svend Jørgensen
15 April 2015  West Sussex  UK  Jen Thornton
14 April 2015  Macroom , Co Cork  Ireland  Sile Ryall
13 April 2015  co Monaghan  Ireland  Jimmy Corr
12 April 2015  Empingham Reservoir, Rutland  UK  Trevor Kerry
12 April 2015  Brittany  France  Ella Ronchi
12 April 2015  Irongray near Dumfries  Scotland  Don McLellan
11 April 2015 Smiddyhill, Castle Rankine, Denny, Stirlingshire  Scotland  Matthew Kelly
10 April 2015  Caerlaverock Castle in Dumfriesshire  Scotland  Michael & Alison Adam
10 April 2015  Kilkenny  Ireland  Ann Gunning
10 April 2015  Dalystown, Co. Westmeath  Ireland  Cathy Cooper
9 April 2015
Stearsby
UK  Jane Bright
9 April 2015  San Antonio, Texas  USA  Cynthia Hudson
9 April 2015  Rosnastraw, Tinahely , Co. Wicklow,  Ireland  John Jobling Purser
9 April 2015  Dungarvan, Waterford  Ireland  Kevin Baker
9 April 2015  Newtownards  Northern Ireland  John Miliken
8 April 2015  Hamamatsu  Japan  Linda Yamada
8 April 2015  Lampeter in West Wales  UK  Eddie Davies
8 April 2015  Wimborne Dorset  UK  Carol Fenemore
8 April 2015  Staple (Kent) which is East of Canterbury  UK  John & Jenny Hall
7 April 2015  Hampshire  UK  Tom Parsons
7 April 2015  Belton-in-Rutland  UK  Audrey Walker
7 April 2015  Normanton on Soar Leicestershire  UK  Andy Roberts
6 April 2015  North-east Brittany, near Fougères  France  Veronica Hall
6 April 2015  Gotham Village South Nottinghamshire  UK  Cynthia Sigsworth
4 April 2015  Arlington Reservoir, in East Sussex  UK  Tim Hanks and Jackie Walsh
3 April 2015  Posenhall,Shropshire  England  Julie Day
30 March 2015  Lisboa  Portugal  William Baptista
20 March 2015  Hazlehurst, Mississippi  USA  Bonnie Young
14 March 2015  Japan  Japan  KOYAMA Kazuo
13 March 2015  Near Bigfoot Texas  USA  Mary Rhorer
10 March 2015  Guaro, Andalucia  Spain   Pauline Duffill
8 March 2015  reserves on the South coast  UK  BTO web site
22 February  2015  GUARO / MALAGA  Spain  Pauline Duffill

Barn Swallow Arrivals North 2014

Date of Arrival Town / Area Country Submitted by
17 May 2014 Rehoboth, MA  USA  Lorelei Berdos
10 May 2014 Niinivesi, Inner Savo  Finland  Antero Tiihonen
8 May 2014 Niinivesi, Inner Savo  Finland  Minna Pulkkinen
7 May 2014 near Gothenburg  Sweden  Ann Robinson Ahlgren
7 May 2014 Niinivesi, Inner Savo  Finland  Risto Jäntti
5 May 2014
Severn, Md.
 USA  Rita Ketchum
4 May 2014 Hailey, Idaho  USA  Selim Star
3 May 2014
Round Rock, TX, Williamson County
 USA  Starla Gray
2 May 2014 Wirral, Merseyside  UK  Christine Overton
30 April 2014 Leander, Texas  USA  Nathan Garrett
29 April 2014 Surrey  UK  Margaret Lane
28 April 2014 Southwick Mass.  USA  Karen Brzezinski
25 April 2014 Aberdeenshire  Scotland  Janet Campbell
25 April 2014 Braid hills Edinburgh  Scotland  Gary Jones
24 April 2014 Krusbjerg  Denmark  Svend Jørgensen
22 April 2014 Rautalampi, Inner Savo  Finland  Risto Jäntti
22 April 2014 Sjaellands Odde  Denmark  Christian Olrik
22 April 2014 Vejen  Denmark  Joyce wheeler
21 April 2014 Arrowrock Lodge  Ireland  Craig Robinson
19 April 2014 Joiselle  France  Hannah Claudé
19 April 2014
Castlegregory Village ,Co Kerry
 Ireland  Sile Ryall
18 April 2014 Trumpington, Cambridge  UK  Andy Chrich
17 April 2014 Sligo  Ireland  Craig Robinson
16 April 2014 Stewarton House, Scottish Borders  Scotland  James Taylor
16 April 2014 Coney Weston  Suffolk  UK  Jane Gatley
15 April 2014
Stearsby
UK Jane Bright
15 April 2014 bowland bridge cumbria  UK  Carole Taylor
15 April 2014 Cardrona, near Peebles, Scottish Borders  Scotland  Ann Southwood
15 April 2014 Ancrielaw Farm Peebleshire  Scotland  Gary Jones
15 April 2014 Dunipace 14/14 north field farm Dunipace  Scotland  Glen Kelly
14 April 2014 Merseyside  UK  Nina Grahame  
14 April 2014 Newbattle near Dalkeith, Midlothian  Scotland  Ann Southwood
14 April 2014 Bailieborough, Lelant  Ireland  John Rogers
14 April 2014 Warrington, Cheshire  UK  Cherry Lewin
14 April 2014 Slaithwaite West Yorkshire  UK  Mac McDonald
13 April 2014 Edinburgh  Scotland  John Wall
13 April 2014 Ruishton near TAunton Somerset  UK  Rosemary Elliott
12 April 2014 Poulton glos  UK  Neil timbrell
10 April 2014 Asher, Oklahoma  USA  Kathy Allen
9 April 2014 Sturminster Newton Dorset  UK  Ali Bundle
9 April 2014 Cullenstown, County Wexford  Ireland  Sarah Martin
8 April 2014 Witheridge, Tiverton, Devon  Uk  Simon Preece
8 April 2014 Countryside Lake, Illinois  USA  Glenn R Kuffer
7 April 2014 Widdop Moor  UK  Mrs Mac
6 April 2014 Bradmore Village in South Notts  UK  Cynthia Sigsworth
5 April 2014 Belper, Derbyshire  UK  Veronica Cooke
4 April 2014 St Clears  Wales  Peter John
4 April 2014 Silverton, Exeter, Devon  UK  Chris Catlin
3 April 2014 Normanton on Soar Leicestershire  UK  Andrew Roberts
1 April 2014 Siorac-en-Périgord, Dordogne  France  Jan Roberts
31 March 2014 Limonest near LYON  France  Robert Ferlat
28 March 2014 Albany, Texas  USA  Kathy Hobbs
25 March 2014 Helsinki  Finland  Risto Jäntti
25 March 2014 Lisboa  Portugal  William S. Baptista
24 March 2014 Red Oak, Texas  USA  Allison Esposito
23 March 2014 Pflugerville, Texas  USA  Julie Benningfield
21 March 2014 Hollister California  USA  Joyce Richman
19 March 2014 Hazlehurst Mississippi  USA  Bonnie Young
18 March 2014 English Channel, Bournemouth, Dorset  UK  Tim Hanks
17 March 2014 Wellingore Lowfields, Lincolnshire  UK  Professor Trevor Kerry
17 March 2014 Rutland Water  UK  Audrey Walker
1 March 2014 Caithness  Scotland  Tim Lux
19 Feb 2014
Anoyira Village
 Cyprus
 Richard Keeler

Barn Swallow arrivals North – 2013

15 April 2013Rosslare Strand, Co. WexfordIrelandEthel Dwyer

Date of Arrival Town/Area Country Submitted by
21 May 2013 Horonkylä, Vesanto Finland Anja Laitinen
12 May 2013 Southwick Massachusetts USA Karen Brzezinski
7 May 2013 Niinivesi, Inner Savo Finland Kari Hämäläinen
7 May 2013 Niinivesi, Inner Savo Finland Minna Pulkkinen
5 May 2013 Niinivesi, Inner Savo Finland Antero Tiihonen
3 May 2013 Edinburgh Scotland John Wall
27 April 2013 Edinburgh Scotland Aileen Ferguson
26 April 2013 Niinivesi, Inner Savo Finland Risto Jäntti
22 April 2013 Colorado USA Mary Dobbs
21 April 2013 Kentucky USA Ann Schulmerich
20 April 2013 little saltee island,wexford Ireland Patrick Grattan-Bellew
17 April 2013 Örebro Sweden Ola Erlandsson
17 April 2013 Sligo Ireland Craig Robinson
16 April 2013
Stearsby
UK
Jane Bright
15 April 2013 Rosslare Strand, Co. Wexford Ireland Ethel Dwyer
15 April 2013 County Laois Ireland Jennie Dawson
15 April 2013 Kilkenny, Wexford Ireland Ann Gunning
15 April 2013 Stretton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire UK Kevin Naughton
15 April 2013 Lake co. Illinois USA Glenn R. Kuffer
15 April 2013 Kilmovee, County Mayo Ireland Sinead Edwards
15 April 2013 Stewarton House, Eddleston, Peebles Scotland James Taylor
15 April 2013  East Lothian section of the road Scotland Scotland Gary Jones
15 April 2013 Enniskillen, Fermanagh Northern Ireland Jimmy McConnell
15 April 2013 C artmel Cumbria UK Carole Taylor
15 April 2013 Midtjylland Denmark Svend Jørgensen
14 April 2013 Clane, Co Kildare Ireland Mairead Kelly
14 April 2013 Swithland Reservoir in Leicestershire England Andrew Roberts
13 April 2013 Pavia (near Milan) Italy Erin Taggart
13 April 2013 Yorkshire England Mac McDonald
13 April 2013 St Clears Wales Peter John
13 April 2013 Wonck, (first House Martins) Belgium Ali Aghroum
12 April 2013 Eye Brook Reservoir – border of Rutland and Leicestershire UK Audrey Walker
12 April 2013 Grain, Kent, at 51°27’4.32″N; 0° 43′ 0″ E UK Sue Healey
12 April 2013 Posenhall, Broseley, Shropshire England Julie Day
10 April 2013 Eastbourne, Sussex, UK Tim Hanks
9 April 2013 Silverton, Exeter, Devon UK Chris Catlin
1 April 2013 San Antonio, Texas USA Terry Hiller
29 March 2013 Hazlehurst, Mississippi USA Bonnie Young
29 March 2013 Brompton near Northallerton UK Mr and Mrs Walsh
27 March 2013 Great Smeaton north yorks UK Mr and Mrs Walsh
21 March 2013 Modena Italy Mark Lamberti

Records of Barn Swallow arrivals North 2012

Date of Arrival Town/Area Country Submitted by
20 May 2012 Vesamäki, Vesanto  Finland Timo Toikkanen
10 May 2012 Niinivesi, Inner Savo  Finland Kari Hämäläinen
9 May 2012 Rosewell  Scotland Jacqueline Smith
7 May 2012 Niinivesi, Inner Savo  Finland Antero Tiihonen
7 May 2012 Niinivesi, Inner Savo  Finland Markku Pulkkinen
6 May 2012, Niinivesi, Inner Savo  Finland Risto Jäntti
4 May 2012 Anglesey  North Wales Caroline Ellis
4 May 2012 Lapland  Finland Risto Jäntti
27 April 2012 Edinburgh  Scotland John Wall
25 April 2012 Cartmel cumbria  UK Carole Taylor
23 April 2012 Kungälv  Sweden Ola Erlandsson
23 April 2012 Nottingham  England
Dr Angela Turner
22 April 2012 Krusbjerg  Denmark Svend Jørgensen
19 April 2012 North Cornwall  England
Iain & Serina Bell
14 April 2012 Kilkenny, Wexford  Ireland Ann Gunning
14 April 2012 Stewarton House, Eddleston, Peebles  Scotland
James Taylor
14 April 2012 North Central Kentucky  USA Ann Schulmerich
13 April 2012 Lough Arrow, Northwest Ireland  Ireland Craig Robinson
12 April 2012 little saltee island,wexford  Ireland patrick grattan-bellew
12 April 2012 Island Funen  Denmark Kurt Servé
11 April 2012 East Williamston Tenby Pembrokeshire  England Beverley Hinksman
11 April 2012 River Cam (north of Cambridge)  England Kevin Whichello
10 April 2012 Silverton in the county of Devon  England Chris Catlin
9 April 2012 East Yorkshire  UK Andrew McDonald
2 April 2012
Belton-in-Rutland
 UK
Audrey Walker
30 March 2012 Stamford Bridge near York  England Andrew McDonald
28 March 2012 Wonck  Belgium Ali Aghroum
27 March 2012 Paris  France
Anders Pape Møller
27 March 2012 St Clears  Wales Peter John
25 March 2012 Piumazzo  Italy Lamberti Marco
21 March 2012 Tiszafüred  Hungary Dr. Tibor Szép
20 March 2012 Angmering Nr Worthing, Sussex  UK Andrew McDonald
14 March 2012 Midtjylland  Denmark Svend Jørgensen
9 March 2012 Coast of Sussex  UK John Wakefield
6 February 2012 Gibraltar  Gibraltar John Wakefield

Records of Barn Swallow arrivals North 2011

 Date of Arrival  Country  Town / Area Number of Swallow  Submitted by
Monday 23 May 2011  Finland  Horonkylä, Vesanto   2 swallows (pair)  Anja Laitinen
Saturday 21 May 2011   Finland  Niinivesi, Inner Savo  2 swallows (pair)  Kari Hämäläinen
Sunday 22 May 2011  Finland Vesamäki, Vesanto  5  Timo Toikkanen
Tuesday 17 May 2011  Finland Sonkari, Vesanto  2 swallows (pair)  Ari Huuskonen
Friday 13 May 2011  Finland Vesamäki, Vesanto  2  Markku Väätäinen
Friday 13 May 2011  USA Chatham, massachusetts, on the elbow of cape cod 10:30 EDT about two dozen barn swallows began to swarm – feeding on mayflies  John Newton
Tuesday 10 May 2011  Finland  Vesamäki, Vesanto  1  Ari Vesterinen
Sunday 8 May 2011
 Finland  Niinivesi, Inner Savo  1  Sara Pulkkinen
Saturday 7 May 2011  Finland  Niinivesi, Inner Savo  1  Risto Jäntti
Friday 6 May 2011  Finland Niinivesi, Inner Savo  1  Antero Tiihonen
Thursday 28-04-2011  Denmark    2  Svend Jørgensen
Friday 22-04-2011  Ireland  Wexford  20 swirling swallows  Ann Gunning
Thursday 21-04-2011  Scotland  Ayr spotted today  Alex Campbell
Wednesday 20 April 2011  Ireland  Kilkenny 1  Ann Gunning
Wednesday 20 April 2011  Scotland Stewarton House, Eddleston, Peebles, Scottish Borders 2  James Taylor
Wednesday 20 April 2011  Ireland Kilmovee County Mayo 2  Mrs Edwards
Sunday 10 April 2011  Ireland Lough Arrow, Northwest Ireland 12  Craig Robinson
Friday 8 April 2011  Ireland Rosses Point, Couty Sligo 6 swallows  Sinead Edwards
Monday 4 April 2011  England  Alton, Hampshire 6 swallows  Trevor Snyman
Sunday 3 April 2011  Denmark   migratory swallow, heading North  Svend Jørgensen
Saturday 2 April 2011  West Wales  Ivy Cottage, St Clears male and female nesting swallows returned  Peter John
Friday 1 April 2011  Eastern France  Near the swiss border nesting swallows returned  Paula Clements
Thursday 31 March 2011  Belgium Belgique, North border France 3 to 4  Aghroum
Monday 28 March 2011  West Wales  Ivy Cottage, St Clears one  Peter John
Thursday 24 March 2011  England Lutley Wedge/Wassell Grove in Worcestershire    Craig Round
Tuesday 22 March 2011  Denmark      Danish Ornithological Society
Monday 21 March 2011  Spain  Southern  1  Paula Clements
Monday 21 March 2011  Italy      Marc Piel
Friday 11 March 2011  Ireland Capeclear, County Cork  1  Ann Gunning
Friday 11 March 2011  France  Ile de France, Paris  1  Olivier Sigaud
Tuesday 8 March 2011  France  South and West  2  Marc Piel
Monday 28 February 2011  Spain Mountains near Yecla, Northern Murcia 1 pair, started nesting  Doug Lawrence

Here is a bit of interesting information for you. Arrival dates just south of Paris France: B.R. Marc
2001 : 31/03
2002 : 27/03
2003 : 11/04
2004 : 07/04
2005 : 11/04
2006 : 30/03
2007 : 11/04
2008 : 01/04
2009 : 02/04
2010 : 04/04
2011 : 02/04

Records of Barn Swallow arrivals received from:
Julie Day. Posenhall,Near Broseley, Shropshire, England.
1997-10 April
1998-26 April
1999-25 April
2006-16 April
2007-15 April
2011- 5 April
2012-12 April

Fables & Sayings

 ‘The Barn Swallow in myth and song, has a flight so long, so bright so joyous, that not even a folio can compass it.’
Struder, Jacob Henry

Barn Swallow departure from south
Barn Swallow arrivals south
Barn Swallows departure from north