Transition Year Swift Box Project 

Transition Year students at Borris Vocational School (Eolann Mc Donald, Eoin Colman, Ciaran Harris and David Doyle) all took part in the Biology module entitled ‘Migration of Birds’ that was run by Ms Atkinson. They were asked to take part in a project involving the migration of swifts and what we can do to help them on their hazardous journey.  They started by researching and sketching houses for a swift bird box used for breeding and after getting all the measurements required, the group then went about designing a swift breeding box which met all the requirements that were necessary.

The prototype was made under the careful guidance of Mr Buckley from school's woodwork department. They all had great fun making these swift bird boxes and learned loads along the way, including the difficulty that the swifts have in finding a place to nest due to loss of habitat and other hazards on their journey from Africa to Ireland each summer. The group hopes to make more swift boxes in the next academic year and place them at the gable end of the walls of the school to help increase the numbers of swifts in the locality. 

Mr Buckley (Woodwork teacher) with Eolann McDonald, Eoin Coleman, David Doyle and Ciaran Harris from Transition Year.  


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