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Save our Swifts Project with live streaming from swift nestboxes at GMIT Mayo campus

Swifts Live Streaming

Save our Swifts Project

The Swift is a bird of conservation concern in Ireland due to loss of breeding sites.

Swifts nest mainly in tall buildings, usually under the eaves.  It is known that Swifts nest in Castlebar and in particular at the GMIT Mayo campus.

The Green Campus team at GMIT Mayo has erected twelve nest boxes to provide nest sites for Swifts with the aim of raising awareness of the nesting requirements of the birds.  

The project is linked with environmental modules on GMIT's Culture & Environment and Outdoor Education courses, and demonstrates to students on construction courses how wildlife can be affected by building renovation work.


2016  Live Streaming

Swift updates from Lynda Huxley, GMIT Mayo Green Campus

They're back!    

  • We are delighted that we have two pairs of Swifts that have returned and are in Box 1 and Box 12.  
  • We also have one bird back in Box 11 and in Box 5.  

13 May 2016:

  • The pair in Box 1 have started to reline their nest.  All the nest material was stolen by Great Tits before the Swifts arrived.  It will be interesting to see how long it takes them to rebuild their nest from scratch. 
  • The pair in Box 12 are adding nest material including what appears to be Molinia grass.  
  • We now have a pair in box 5 (which is camera 6 on the multi-screen).  
  • Box 11 has been empty for the past few nights.

16 May 2016:

  • We have our first egg of the year in Box 12.  
  • The pair in Box 5 can now be viewed on Camera 4
  • Box 11 is on the multi-screen.

23 May 2016:

  • Lots of drama in the boxes has been taking place
  • Box 1 - This pair of Swifts had 2 eggs but they have both rolled out of the nest, possibly during a fight with an intruder
  • Box 12 - This pair of Swifts now have 3 eggs. They had a fight with an intruder at 10pm - very dramatic.  The intruder lost the fight.
  • Box 5 - This pair of Swifts are still lining their nest and should lay eggs soon
  • Box 11 - This pair of Swifts (Camera 3) have only just arrived from Africa, which is 2 weeks later than the pair of Swifts in Box 12.

8 June 2016:

  • Great drama in the boxes since my last update - good and bad.
  • Box 12 - Great news.  The eggs hatched between 6 and 7 June.  They will soon start feeding their chicks.
  • Box 1 - This pair have relaid 2 eggs and have restarted incubation so fingers crossed!
  • Box 11 - Unfortunately their eggs disappeared from the nest. Swift do eject eggs for unknown reasons so maybe this is what happened.  We hope they will try to lay again.
  • Box 5 - They laid two eggs around 2 June but subsequently knocked one egg off the nest but the second egg is being incubated.
  • Box 10 - We have a new pair in this box and don't know if they'll try to lay this year or will just line the nest - will have to keep watching.


Further Information: 

Notes on Setting up a Swift Nest Box Project (PDF)

We are Swifts - We are in Trouble (PDF Booklet)

GMIT Mayo Green Campus Co-ordinator
Lynda Huxley
Tel: +353-94-9043101
Email: Lynda Huxley

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