Stephen has his eye on protecting an endangered bird with new device
STEPHAN de Beer has handcrafted an item with a difference that could be the saviour for an endangered species of bird.
Stephen lives in Killarney, and is now manufacturing Swift Nest Box, named after a bird that comes under the “Amber” grade of concern for conservationists in Ireland and further afield.
A lack of breeding places has been highlighted as the main threat to their future, and Stephen’s creation has been designed to help that situation.
Made by hand, the boxes aim to offer the breeding conditions the Swift needs.
The device is place on buildings or, to be more precise, at the top of walls behind facia boards and holes, work has been carried out between commercial premises, Killarney Tidy Towns, and Killarney Municipal Districk to install the box, Stephan’s brilliant design, to the town in which they’ve been made. Its effectiveness is said to be boosted with special sound effects, used with the intention of attracting the birds to the box.
Yvonne Quill, Tidy Towns; Con Duggan, Penny’s High Street; Johnny Maguire, Killarney Tidy Towns;and Killarney Muncipical District Officer Margaret Pigott.