The Amazing Swift
This open, family friendly event features Mayo’s foremost Swift expert, Lynda Huxley who has for over a decade headed a conservationist programme to build swift nest boxes in various locations throughout Mayo. Swifts, which arrive in Ireland at the end of April/start of May and return to Africa in August, have been around for almost 50 million years. The swift population is falling dramatically, however in the last 15 years it has declined by 46 percent. Why? Well, it’s another sorry tale of human progress versus the natural world. To coincide with the GUIDES exhibition, a series of artworks depicting native and wild birds of Ireland were selected from the Arts council's collection by a group of bird watch enthusiasts, along with contributions from local photographers and artists.