Education and Awareness.
BirdWatch Ireland was contracted to undertake a survey of the swift population in the county in the summer of 2018. Swifts are a migratory bird that are of significant conservation concern in Ireland and elsewhere. The survey was funded by the Westmeath Heritage Office with help from the Heritage Council and the Local Agenda 21 Fund. Anton Krastev and/or Ricky Whelan from BirdWatch Ireland carried out the survey. They surveyed localities for nesting swifts and found nesting swifts in roughly 1/3 of localities monitored.
In the autumn of 2018, BirdWatch Ireland compiled a final report as part of the project. The report lists all the areas surveyed and sets out in great detail the sites of each nest site found.
A number of follow up actions have taken place and more are planned for the coming months and years and BirdWatch Ireland, with its Westmeath branch volunteers, is committed to working with Westmeath County Council and local stakeholders to ensure nesting swifts have a future in Westmeath.
County Swift Survey:Westmeath Swift Survey 2018
The Regional Tidy Towns Conference took place in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim on Saturday 2nd February 2019. 440 delegates from across the region joined MC, Hector O'h'Eochagain and a panel of expert speakers for presentations on a broad range of topics relevant to the Tidy Towns Competition.
Copies of these presentations can be accessed on the following link:
Green schools is an international environmental education programme, offering a well defined, controllable way for schools to take environmental issues into the curriculum and apply them to the day-to-day running of the school. Green schools is a holistic, long-term programme.
The Green Flag Award is renewable every two years, with a new theme tackled in each two year period, whilst still maintaining the previous themes.
The Blue Flag Campaign is an international eco-label for beaches and marinas. The award covers four broad criteria:
The Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme (BEWH), administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority (SEAI), funds energy efficient improvements in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable, making the homes more comfortable, healthier and more cost effective to run.
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Better Energy Communities is an Energy Efficiency Grant Scheme available through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and administrated by Galway County Council.
Energy efficiency grant aid is available:
Typical measures which are eligible for grant aid are:
Please follow the link below for further information;