Stephen has his eye on pro­tect­ing an en­dan­gered bird with new de­vice

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

Photo by Va­lerie O’Sul­li­van.

Yvonne Quill, Tidy Towns; Con Duggan, Penny’s High Street; Johnny Maguire, Kil­lar­ney Tidy Towns;and Kil­lar­ney Muncipi­cal Dis­trict Of­fi­cer Mar­garet Pig­ott.

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