Survey of swifts ongoing in Arklow
AROUND 15 people took part in a recent swift walk organised by Birdwatch Ireland in Arklow.
The group met at the Tesco car park before walking across the Wexford Road to visit the local residential areas surrounding St Peter’s Place where good numbers of swifts are known to nest in the nearby houses.
Organisers said the group had great views of swifts in large numbers and even managed to spot a few entering and exiting nest sites. They also spotted a glimpse of a hunting peregrine falcon.
Wicklow County Council announced last month a joint venture project with Birdwatch Ireland to survey the swift population in the county.
A spokesperson for Birdwatch Ireland said ‘the survey is going to schedule with all target localities now surveyed and we are following up in all the areas where we found a presence of swifts.
‘To date the towns where most nests have been confirmed are Wicklow with 17 nests and Arklow with 10 nests but we would expect that to rise in the last few weeks of surveying.
‘We are always looking for local involvement and tip-offs as to the location of swift colonies and we invite anyone interested to email [email protected]watchireland.ie.’