Lynda Huxley spotted a swift over GMIT nest boxes 30th April

Lynda Huxley saw one Swift flying over GMIT Mayo Campus in Castlebar yesterday evening and we have fresh nest material in boxes 9 and 7. Hope to get livestream up and running in next couple of days. Ricky Whelan of BirdWatchIreland has also had reports of Swift sightings in Banagher and Birr. These will be breeding birds so should be going to their nest sites. The ‘bangers’ i.e. potential new breeders should arrive in the next couple of weeks.

Lynda Huxley is giving a swift talk at Hotel Newport in Newport on April 16th

On Monday April 16th at 20:00 in the Hotel Newport, Newport, Lynda Huxley will be giving a talk as a part of the “Mayo Dark Skies”. Artificial light can be a problem for migrating birds and at their nest sites. Lynda will be sharing information about this amazing bird and how we can all help them.

Poster for Newport talk by Lynda Huxley

Poster for Newport talk by Lynda Huxley

Seoirse Swanton enters the Young Scientist of the Year with swift project.

Very excited that Seoirse Swanton from Sancta Maria in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo has been selected to present our Swift Research Project at BT Young Scientist of the Year in January 2018 at the RDS in Dublin. Seoirse has played a very big role in this research project, couldn’t have achieved so much without him, and we are getting some very interesting results.

Young Scientist of the Year nomination

Young Scientist of the Year nomination