The launch of the Swift Nest Box Project was a well organised and well received event at St Michael’s School in Ballyfermot. Eric Dempsey gave a great presentation on Swifts, followed by the switching on of the Swift Call Broadcast which will hopefully serve to attract Swifts to use the newly installed Swift Nest Boxes upon the school buildings.

I was impressed at how well thought out and delivered this project is. The effort to install nest box camera’s, and to connect them to a monitor in the school computer room is a very good idea. It will hopefully make all the difference in ensuring that this initiative is kept alive and visible to all school members for many years to come. Well done to the Dublin Swift Conservation Group in working with St. Michael’s to deliver this project.

St. Michael’s school was a pleasure to visit, being very environmentally active; with at least two school gardens, and also it was very pleasant to see all of the wildlife and environmental artwork around the school. It makes the St Michael’s School a pleasure to visit. It was also very helpful for the Green Communities Programme as we are planning two Swift Box Workshops this summer. In conjunction with Dublin Community Growers.

One will be at Christchurch Cathedral on Saturday the 14th of June, during their Dublin Garden Festival Event.

Also, during the annual St Anne’s Park Rose Festival, we will also be providing a Swift Box Workshop for the public. At this event we will have our own marquee where hopefully a presentation about the work of the Dublin Swift Conservation Group can be delivered. This will be on Saturday and Sunday the 19th-20th of July, in St. Anne's Park.