This year we are carrying out fieldwork at The Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle (Tipperary), Dun Aonghasa (Galway), Castletown House (Kildare) and Altomont Gardens (Carlow).
|The Rock of Cashel, Co.Tipperary Ricky Whelan|
With the second site visits happening this week we are delighted to have already found strong signs of nesting Swifts at most of these sites.
|The Inner Ward, Cahir Castle, Co Tipperary Ricky Whelan|
Given the historic and ancient nature of the sites managed by the OPW they often provide suitable nesting sites for Swifts. Swifts need a small entrance gap that opens to a larger cavity in which they make a small nest cup. These gaps exist in abundance at many historic sites and Swifts are often associated with heritage sites for that reason.
|Dún Aonghasa, Inis Mór, Co.Galway Ricky Whelan|
|Section of the limestone wall at Dún Aonghasa Ricky Whelan|
If you have a historic building in your locality, why not go and see if you can identify any Swifts visiting nest sites at the location. We would love to receive any new records of Swift nest sites.
You can enter your Swift nest locations online HERE.