Species Focus: Swift


  National Swift Survey 2017

Enter your Swift signtings here

With support from the Heritage Council


National Swift Survey Report 2014

 Swift Survey of Offaly Towns & Villages

To take part, click here 

Enter your Swift sightings here

With support from Offaly County 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. This information will help us protect important Swift colonies across Ireland. 

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 Ricky Whelan at 

 Watch our Swift Video on YouTube Here:


Take a look at our seasonal Swift Blog: LifeOnTheWing



Swift Events 2017

  • May 5: Carlow. A talk on Swifts by Brian Caffrey. Tinryland Parish Hall at 8:00pm.
  • May 17: Longford. A guided Swift Walk led by Brian Caffrey & Larry Mitchell of BirdWatch Ireland. Meteing at the Cathedral Car Park in Longford Town at 8:00pm. 
  • May 18: Daingean. A guided Swift Walk led by Brian Caffrey & Tim O'Rourke of BirdWatch Ireland. Meteing at   the Square in Daingean, Co. Offaly at 7:30pm 
  • May 30: Portlaoise. A Swift Talk and Walk led by Ricky Whelan. Meeting at the Parish Centre in Portlaoise at 8:00pm 
  • May 30: TrimA Swift Talk and Walk led by Brian Caffrey. Meeting at the car park in front of OPW Offices at 7:30pm
  • 25 July: Donegal: A guided Swift Walk, led by Brian Caffrey. Meeting at the Library Car Park in Buncrana at 7:30pm


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


The Swift Conservation Project gratefully acknowledges advice received from the Northern Ireland Swift Group

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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