In Biodiversity Week from Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th May 2017 there are various activities taking place to celebrate Kerry’s Natural Heritage and Lynda Huxley – founder of Swift Conservation Mayo will be giving a talk about the swift at the Ashe Hotel, Main Street, Tralee – followed by a walk for those who would like to see the swifts in action. Click here to see a full program of events for Biodiversity Week in Kerry
Swiftcams at GMIT Castlebar are back up and running, check out the nest boxes HERE!
Two pairs have returned : Box 1 and Box 12. These are our oldest pairs and we are delighted to see them back. There is also one bird back in Box 10. In addition, there has been a huge arrival of swifts around the country. The skies of our towns are alive once more with the screaming of the swift.
The first swift arrived home in the night / early morning at The Agri Museum, Wexford, it was in its nest box May 3rd. This is Box 4 so it’s one of a new pair that prospected last year. Hopefully its mate will arrive soon too. See swiftcam photo here.
Also Swifts have been reported from Kerry on 23rd April and Roscommon Town 2nd May and 2 swifts seen over Westport, Co Mayo on 3 May.