Swift Live Streaming

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.


2018  Live Streaming

Swift updates from Lynda Huxley, GMIT Mayo Green Campus


Thursday, 21st June, 2018

***Good news - we have chicks*** 

The eggs have hatched in Camera 1 where there were three eggs.  Also the eggs have hatched in the two top row boxes on Camera 3. 

Chicks are only being fed occasionally as they are very small and they are being kept warm by one adult all the time. 

Further good news is that we have a new pair that has just got together in the bottom left nest box on Camera 3. 

So we now have eight pairs of swifts in residence which can all be seen in their nest boxes at night.


Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

We are patiently waiting for our first swift chicks to hatch on Camera 1, which is likely to be around 22 June. 

We are having mixed fortunes with the other nests with a eggs being knocked off the nest in several boxes. 

Knocking eggs off the nest was once thought to be done on purpose by the birds but having watched recordings from our boxes we believe this is done accidentally. 

The  swift’s legs are so short and they are quite clumsy moving around inside the nest box.


Monday, 21 May, 2018

The arrival of swifts in Europe has been slow this year. Thankfully we now have five pairs returned and one single bird.

The pairs that can be seen on Cameras 1 and 2 are now in their fifth year of breeding and are probably eight years old because swifts don’t usually start to breed until they are three years old.

Last year these two pairs had three chicks each which fledged successfully.


Friday, 11 May, 2018

The swifts are slow to return to the nest boxes this year which may be due to unusual cold winds we are experiencing. 

Last night there was one returned on Camera 1 and two on Camera 2.


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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