Primary School pupils Josh
Bensley-Stedman and Niamh
Gilchrist with Bird Boxes which
the school will be using for
Swift Birds bought using money
from the Antrim Council
HILDREN of Crumlin Primary School are doing
their bit for local biodiversity by putting up nesting boxes for
They plan to set up 10 nest boxes around the
school grounds to ensure that the swift population is thriving.
Teacher Mrs Wright, who has driven the project forward said:
"Brain Cahalane, a local swift expert, visited the school and
told us all about these fascinating birds. The 10 nest boxes
have arrived and we have picked a suitable site for them." Mr
Cahalane said: "I have been concerned about the loss of Swift
nesting sites in Crumlin. It is very encouraging to see a local
school taking action for our local biodiversity. In Amsterdam,
it is illegal to renew a roof without providing a nest cavity
for swift we have not been as forward thinking here in Northern
Ruth Wilson, Biodiversity Officer with Antrim
Borough Council explains the importance of swifts.
"The UK Swift population was estimated at
80,000 birds in 1990. They are thought to' have decreased by 20%
since. There's just one Swift now for every 900 UK humans.
Swifts are fully protected by UK laws - it is illegal to kill or
harm them, to damage their nests or take their eggs. We are
delighted that Crumlin Primary is acting for local biodiversity
by helping the Crumlin Swift."
Crumlin Primary School was successful in
obtaining an Antrim Borough Biodiversity Action (ABBA) Grant to
support the Swift species action plan.
For more information contact Ruth Wilson,
Biodiversity Officer 028 9446 3113 or email her on