For those not familiar with the place, Killeshandra is a small town situated to the northwest of Cavan town and is right in the heartland of the lakes of Cavan.
|Putting Killeshandra on the map Google Maps|
Last year the newly formed "Wild Bunch" got plans underway to attract nesting Swifts to their primary school and there has been super progress so far!
|Newly Installed Swift Boxes|
Over to Bridie and Siobhán for the update.(thanks to both for words and photos)
Following consultation with Brian Caffrey of Birdwatch Ireland and on his recommendations we installed four swift boxes up on the side of the school – north east facing. One has a camera installed and connected to a classroom. We have a CD playing "swift calls" hooked up to an amplifier which entices them to the box. We have had numerous sightings of swifts around the school and last weekend there was some nesting materials left in the nest box, however there has been no more activity as yet.
|Close up of Swift "Woodcrete" box (left), wooden box and amplifier unit (right)|
We have a Committee set up called the "Wild Bunch" who is keeping an eye on the bird boxes for nesting progress and maintaining the garden.
|"Wild Bunch" members out on a campus Swift patrol|
The project was part funded by Cavan County Council - Local Agenda 21 and local fundraising.
Bridie and Siobhán
We were absolutely delighted to hear about how well the project has progressed. Fingers crossed that Swifts will find and occupy the specialised swift boxes this season but it can be a long game when it comes to this species and it may take many more seasons before we see tenants at Scoil Bhríde, Killeshandra.
We are standing by to hear if this year will produce the goods in Co Cavan.
For more information on Swifts and how to help them have a look at our Swift Project Web Pages.