In 2021 BirdWatch Ireland undertook a nesting Swift survey in county Kilkenny. Nationally, Swift numbers have declined by over 57% in the 20 years between 1998 - 2016 and the species has now been red-listed as a conservation priority in Ireland. The survey acted to locate and catalogue Swift nesting colonies in the Kilkenny county in an effort to help protect them long into the future. 50 localities were visited and surveyed during the summer of 2021, with nesting colonies identified in 13 towns and villages. A total of 199 active Swift nests were identified across 51 structures. The webinar (livestreamed on the BirdWatch Ireland Facebook page) will present the results of the Kilkenny Swift surveys and set-out recommendations and ideas on how Swifts can be conserved at local levels across Kilkenny county. This project and follow-up measures have been in colaboration with the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council with support from the Heritage Council and the National Biodiversity Action Plan Fund administered by the National Park and Wildlife Service, on behalf of Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
Webinar livestreamed on the BirdWatch Ireland Facebook page from 7pm, on Wednesday, 17th of August - https://www.facebook.com/BirdWatchIreland/