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 email@example.com
Swift Events 2015
||14 May 7:30pm
||The Grocery, Tyrellspass
||A talk on Swifts followed by a short walk |
||26 May 8:00pm
||Parish Centre, Portlaoise
||A talk on Swifts followed by a walk nearby|
||4 June 8:30pm
||St. Mel's Cathedral Car Park
||A dusk Swift walk |
||24 June; 7:30
||County Museum, Letterkenny
||A talk on Swifts followed by an evening Swift walk|
||29 June - 4 July
||Mayo Swift Week
||A range of exciting Swift events durting the week|
* Events are free, and everyone is welcome. No experience required!
Swift Conservation Project Talk
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.