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 Species Focus: Swift

 


  National Swift Survey 2015

Enter your Swift signtings here

Funded by the Heritage Council

 


 Dublin City Swift Survey 2015

Enter your Swift sightings here

Part of the Dublin City Urban Birds Project, funded by Dublin City Council


 Other Sighting Schemes

 Enter your sightings of Swift and all other bird species to BirdTrack

   Help track migration, enter your first sightings of Swift, Swallow and Cuckoo to Spring Alive

Swift Conservation Project

Perhaps the most iconic and intriguing of our urban bird species, the Swift Apus apus, is a summer migrant that breeds throughout Europe and much of Asia and winters in southern Africa. However, in recent decades there has been much concern for Swifts as their numbers have been in decline throughout many parts of their range. The recent Bird Atlas 2007-11 shows there has been a substantial loss in range in Ireland since 1970, while the latest Countryside Bird Survey data shows an alarming 39% decline between 1998 and 2013. Reasons for their decline remain unknown, but it is thought that the loss of available nest sites due to the renovations of old buildings and the impacts of climate change could be significant factors. 

BirdWatch Ireland is appealing for volunteers to take part in a National Swift Survey to help identify breeding sites across Ireland. In Dublin, volunteers are also needed to take part in a Swift Survey of the city to help identify and map breeding sites there. Information collected through these surveys will help our knowledge of Swifts so that more nest sites can be provided and protected.

To learn more about Swifts or for further details on taking part in Swift survey work, why not come along to one of our Swift Events this summer, click on the county in the table below for more information. Alternativly you can contact Brian Caffrey or Dick Coombes at swifts@birdwatchireland.ie 

Swift Events 2015
Westmeath 14 May 7:30pm The Grocery, Tyrellspass A talk on Swifts followed by a short walk 
Laois 26 May 8:00pm Parish Centre, Portlaoise A talk on Swifts followed by a walk nearby
Longford 4 June 8:30pm St. Mel's Cathedral Car Park A dusk Swift walk 
Dublin  To be decided To be decided Information to follow
Donegal  To be decided Letterkenny Information to follow

 * Events are free, and everyone is welcome. No experience required! 

Swift Conservation Project Talk

 Click to download Swift Conservation Project Talk (PDF: 1.96MB)
Click to download Swift Conservation Project Talk (PDF: 1.96MB)


The Swift Conservation Project gratefully acknowledges the advice and support received from the Northern Ireland Swift Group, RSPB and Swift Conservation Ireland.


 

 GMIT Nest Camera

Swifts arrive back at GMIT, Mayo Campus, Castlebar! Click below to watch live.

 


 Swift Network 

Find your local Swift contact & project

   


 Swift Nest Boxes & Management 

Swift Conservation and the Northern Ireland Swift Group provide excellent advice on attracting Swifts and providing nestboxes. Click below for more information. 

 

    

     


  Links

Links to Swift Projects, Blogs & Information  

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