Sur­vey of swifts on­go­ing in Ark­low

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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]­watchire­’

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