In 2012, 4 triple entrance Schwegler 17A Swift nest boxes were installed at GMIT in Castlebar providing 12 nest sites. In 2019, an additional 2 triple boxes were installed providing another 6 nest boxes and giving a total of 18 nest sites.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions at the GMIT Mayo Campus there have had to be some changes to the livestream in order to facilitate the Masters Research on the swifts breeding biology. Cameras are now being recorded onto digital video recorders 24/7. Apologies for any disappointment in layout and quality we will try to improve this if possible.
Camera 1 – Box 12
26 April 2021 : The new season is here. Livestreams connected today. 8 May : One bird arrived back on 6 May at 10pm and is now waiting for mate.
Multiscreen 1 – Boxes 13 to 18 newly installed in 2019
26 April 2021: Livestreams connected today. 8 May : No sign of any birds here yet.
Multiscreen 2 – Boxes 1 to 11 (Box 1 is top left and 11 is bottom right)
26 April 2021 : Livestream set up today and we were amazed to see one swift in Box 9 at 8pm. This is a very early arrival date. 8 May : There are now single birds in boxes 1, 2, 5 and 9. The bird in Box 9 has been here for about 10 days and has remoulded the nest and is already adding new nest material even though the mate has not yet returned.