Wednesday, 31 May 2017

BirdWatch Ireland Kildare Branch Mobilise for Swifts

 Birdwatch Ireland Kildare Branch have always been a practical, active bunch and their recently started Swift Project certainly demonstrates that!

The branch purchased 31 treble cavity Swift nest boxes which have been installed over the past number of weeks. The boxes were sourced from a supplier in Killarney and are made from the light weight material Magnesium Oxide.

Kildare Branch member Paddy Sheridan with Stephan de Beer and
some of the new Magnesium Oxide boxes

A crack team of branch members took on the task of erecting the boxes over the period of a week using a “cherry picker” hoist to access the required heights to secure the boxes. New Swift boxes have now been placed at schools and other public buildings around the county. Towns and villages involved include; Kilberry, Kill, Monasterevin, Rathangan, Leixlip, Ballymore Eustace, Kilcock, Choill Dubh and Clane and combined the boxes provide a whopping 90 potential new Swift nest sites available to prospecting birds.

Finally, great success has been reported at Dermot Dorans Farm near Johnstown Bridge. Dermot a BirdWatch Ireland Kildare Branch member and local organic farmer erected his first Swift boxes in 2014 and in 2016 seen the first results with prospecting birds arriving and showing great interest. The breakthrough at Dermot’s came this year when a pair arrived and took up residence!

Dermot Doran installing a "Swift Brick" at his home

The Kildare Branch aim is to have in excess of 200 additional nests in Co Kildare by the end of 2018.

Thanks to Tom McCormack for providing the information and photos for this blog post and all his hard work with the project. Well done to all the Kildare Branch who should be hugely proud of a job well done. Congrats to Dermot Doran for all his perseverance which has paid off and we look forward to hopefully hearing about his colony growing in the coming years.

"Confirmed" Dermot's first active Swift nest -
Pic from nest camera

The BirdWatch Ireland Kildare Branch have a very active schedule of events and project work, for more info you can see their Facebook page here.

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