Swift project in Mid and East Antrim

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has been raising the profile of the swift through its swift project this summer.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Lindsay Millar, said “The swift is a migrant bird that returns from their wintering grounds in Africa to the same spot in Northern Ireland each year to breed. Council completed a swift survey across the Borough in 2016/17 and found populations at many locations including Carnlough, Glenarm, Larne, Whitehead, Ballymena, Cullybackey, Ahoghill, Portglenone and Kells, which was great news.

This year, staff have been engaging schools and community groups through swift walks, talks and swift box building workshops. Participants were delighted to see a number of swifts on the walks and the nest boxes will be installed in Ahoghill, Glenarm and Portglenone. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is committed to protecting and enhancing the region for biodiversity, and encouraging local people to get involved in biodiversity initiatives, and the swift project is a great example of this. Well done to all the pupils and participants.”

Rachel Graham, Fourtowns Primary School, said “The primary four and five classes loved learning about swifts and finding out how we can help protect them in our local environment. Building special boxes was a great treat for the class and we look forward to a swift family moving in.”

Ashleigh Moran, Seaview Primary School, said ‘We were delighted to take part in the swift project and we have learned so much about the extraordinary life of the  swift. We were able to use our involvement in the swift project as part of our Green Flag submission and we were delighted that we were awarded our first Green Flag this summer!’

 

For more information and to keep up to date you can go to www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/biodiversity