Roscommon County Council
- Co. Roscommon
Check out this new video on Roscommon’s Swifts – see and hear all about these special birds and how you can help them in your town or village.
In summer 2020, BirdWatch Ireland conducted a County Swift Survey in Roscommon. Nesting Swifts were only found to be active in 11 localities. Towns such as Roscommon, Boyle, Ballaghaderreen, Cortober/Carrick-on-Shannon, and Castlerea showed good populations of Swifts. Elphin, Strokestown, Frenchpark, Athlone, Knockcroghery & Ballyfarnon also had some nest sites, but there were few to none in the remaining localities.
You can download the Roscommon Swift survey from https://www.roscommoncoco.ie/en/Services/Community/Heritage/Biodiversity-Publications/Roscommon-Swift-Survey/
The good news is that there is a lot that can be done to halt the decline in Roscommon’s Swift population, knowing how many Swifts there are and where they nest in our towns and villages is the first step. The support and active engagement of local communities is critical to building greater awareness of this unique bird species and in undertaking conservation action where it is most needed. Roscommon County Council is working with BirdWatch Ireland to create new Swift colonies with the erection of 15 swift nest boxes at 5 locations around the county scheduled for autumn.
You can download a ‘Saving Swifts’ guide from the BirdWatch Ireland Website here: https://birdwatchireland.ie/publications/saving-swifts-guide/ or request a FREE hard copy by emailing your name & postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Supported by Roscommon County Council & by the Dept. of Housing Local Government & Heritage Local Biodiversity Action Fund.