We are swifts, we are in trouble!

Swift flying with outstretched wings in bright blue sky.

Swift Flying – Copyright © Mícheál Casey

Cover of the swift booklet, which can be downloaded in pdf format from a link to the right.

Click Here to download the booklet.

The swift exists in our towns without causing any public nuisance.

They do not leave any droppings under the nests.

They do us a good service by consuming millions of flying insects.

 

The swift is on the amber list of birds of conservation concern in Ireland because its population has declined by over 40% in the last 15 years.

They come to our towns every year for just four months, arriving in late April and leaving in late August.

These are four important months because they are coming here to breed.

Swifts are faithful to their nest sites. Once they have found a place to nest, they will return to there every year for the rest of their lives.

Work is being undertaken to help save the swift in Ireland by erecting nest boxes, surveying for traditional sites and rescuing injured birds.

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