Swifts in Ireland and elsewhere are still thought to be losing out to the replacement of 18th- and 19th-century houses with modern constructions without any suitable nest sites. But good work is being done to tackle the problem. Lynda Huxley at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Castlebar, for example, has installed “swift bricks” along a modern roofline to offer the birds substitute accommodation. This project was inspired by the Northern Ireland Swift Group, which had pioneered a similar initiative at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast.
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