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Irelands Swifts Need Your Help

Photo: Dick Coombes

The incredible sound of a party of screaming Swifts speeding overhead is one of the most iconic sounds of an Irish summer. However, the future of the Swift is under threat and, as reported in the BirdWatch Ireland Spring issue of Wings, there is growing concern for their populations both here in Ireland and across Europe.

This summer, thanks to funding from The Heritage Council and Dublin City Council, BirdWatch Ireland is undertaking a number of Swift surveys, and need your help! 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 the Birdwatch Ireland Swift Events this summer. Click here for more information 

Alternativly you can contact Brian Caffrey or Dick Coombes at swifts@birdwatchireland.ie