Species Focus: Swift


  National Swift Survey 2016

Enter your Swift signtings here

Funded by the Heritage Council


National Swift Survey Report 2014

 Dublin City Swift Survey 2016

Enter your Swift sightings here

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

Dublin City Swift Project Report 2014

 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 

 Watch our Swift Video on YouTube Here:


Take a look at our seasonal Swift Blog: LifeOnTheWing



Swift Events 2016








Tuesday, May 3rd


Council Chamber, Offaly CoCo, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

Talk on Swifts and ideas for community Swift conservation projects.


Thursday, May 19th


Round Towers GAA Club, Convent Rd. Clondalkin, Co Dublin

Talk on Swifts followed by a short walk to try catch a glimpse of these iconic summer visitors


Tuesday, June 14th


Kilkenny Castle, Co Kilkenny

Swift Walk to find and observe these iconic summer visitors


Thursday, July 7th


Clonmel GAA Centre, Western Rd, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Swift Talk followed by short walk



 * 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.

Xeno Canto - Swift Calls click below:

Swift Network

Find your local Swift contact here

 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. 




GMIT Nest Camera

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



Links to Swift Projects, Blogs & Information  

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