Saving Swifts – A Guide for Communities

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Saving Swifts. BirdWatch Ireland and local authority Heritage Officers.have launched a new book to help communities save their swifts.

Click on the image to download the book.

Saving Swifts - cover page


Swifts are an iconic summer visitor to Ireland. They arrive in early May after a long migration from southern Africa.  Slightly larger than a swallow, they are a ‘site faithful’ bird returning generation after generation to buildings in towns and villages throughout Ireland to nest and raise young. Like many of our wild species however, they are increasingly threatened. Over the past decade the Swift population has suffered an alarming 40% population decline. This is due to loss of nest sites.  Problems arise when buildings are renovated or torn down removing the Swifts nest sites: sometimes huge nesting colonies are lost overnight.  The good news is that there are many practical steps that we can all take to make a difference. Follow the link to view the guide: Saving Swifts



Another way of helping is by recording the Swifts in your area.

The National Biodiversity Centre (Ireland) asks us all to become Citizen Scientists and help them record our species. The form for recording Swifts can be found here –

Biodiversity Ireland Swift Record Form




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