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The swifts are back – please switch on your sound systems now!

Genesis Nest Boxes is Ireland’s only manufacturer of nest boxes for Swifts, Kestrels, Barn Owls and other species from Magnesium Oxide.

Magnesium Oxide (MgO) board is an earth friendly product that has no “Volatile Organic Compounds” (V.O.C.s), is easy to work with and has many qualities that suit the Irish climate.

Our nest boxes are waterproof, mold proof, vermin proof and fireproof, they do not suffer from condensation inside and will not rot. Our range includes single, double and triple entry Swift Nest Boxes, plain nest boxes, camera ready and built-in.

Our boxes are being used extensively by Wild Kildare, who are doing a mighty job in the area with schools and Tidy Towns.

Our triple entry Swift boxes weigh 7 kg each and all our Swift Nest Boxes come painted, fitted with 2 brackets complete with concrete screws for installing the box.

Genesis Nest Boxes is VAT registered


Wildcare Nationwide Ecology Supplies are now an outlet for Genesis Nest Boxes for Swifts CLICK HERE to visit their website.


Nest Box Features

This board is stocked by us in Killarney and is for sale for construction projects, please contact me for more information by clicking here.

Manufactured from Magnesium Oxide (MgO) Wall Board it is:

  • Waterproof
  • Fire rated for 2.5 hours
  • Mould resistant
  • Termite and Rodent proof
  • Triple entry box weighs only 16kg
  • Recyclable – box 100% – dispose of stainless fasteners separately
  • MgO ground to a fine powder assists in photo efflorescence for plants
  • Guaranteed for life (30 years)
  • Can remain in place year after year

Full house

  • All nesting boxes are feathered and ready for nesting
  • Camera mounting holes predrilled and plugged
  • Cable rack pre-fitted
  • Removable Audio Speaker box
  • Painted with Sandtex Exterior wall paints
  • Stainless Steel screws, bolts, staples and brackets

Features

  • Hand crafted in the West of Ireland
  • Single, double and triple entry at present; quadruple (4) entry available soon
  • Exterior mounted and built in, does not require a lintel
  • Can be plastered, painted and tiled – ceramics or face bricks

Audio

The swifts are back – please switch on your sound systems now!

Swift Nest Box Sounds

Genesis Nest Boxes presents the New Solar Panel Audio Unit

Solar Panel Sound System
Solar Panel Sound System

This is the new solar panel audio unit. They are usually made to operate for two days in dull or overcast weather, however, each unit can be tailored to the requirements of the customer and are able to be manufactured with increased  capacity. Fixing brackets are also made individually to suit customer installation locations, therefore, each unit sold will be individually priced to enable flexibility depending on the  individual requirements of each customer.


Genesis Swift Box Sound System

A sound system for Genesis Swift Nest Boxes is also available without solar panels, it consists of the following:

Genesis Swift Nest Box sound system
Genesis Swift Nest Box sound system
  • 3 metre speaker wire
  • speaker in waterproof box
  • USB stick
  • 12 volt amplifier
  • 240 – 12 volt plug
  • lamp timer

There is also a less expensive version that consists of the following:

  • speaker in waterproof box
  • USB stick
  • 12 volt amplifier
  • 240 – 12 volt plug

Gallery and Videos

Genesis Nest Boxes – Second Generation

  • Stephan de Beer in his Workshop with Paddy Sheridan from Wild Kildare
    Stephan de Beer in his Workshop with Paddy Sheridan from Wild Kildare

  

Genesis Nest Boxes – First Generation

  • 1, 2 and 3 pair, 1st generation nest boxes
    1, 2 and 3 pair, 1st generation nest boxes

   

News!

The swifts are back – please switch on your sound systems now!

New Router at Genesis Nest Boxes

We have purchased a new CNC Router to make satisfying multiple orders easier – we look forward to it being very busy!

Our new CNC router was delivered and installed this week . Can’t wait to get into this can cut a complete triple Swift box in 9 minutes
First 40 singe entry swift boxes – ready to go!

What Do Swifts Eat? – Analysed by Marian James

In 2010 samples of swift chick droppings were sent away for analysis to find out what insects adult swifts were feeding to their chicks. It must be assumed the adults are feeding on the same insect species. The droppings were collected from below nests. These were fresh but dried by the sun. Lough Neagh is 1 mile / 1.5km from this colony. Thanks goes to Marian James for taking the time to analyse the insect fragments to produce this amazing list of insects.

Country swifts living beside Lough Neagh – my house 1 mile / 1.6km from the shore of Lough Neagh

Chironomids 25.7% – non biting midges e.g. Lough Neagh fly
Aphids 18.0% – greenfly, blackfly
Psyllids 11.6% – sap sucking insects
Lonchoptera 11.5% – small spear-winged flies
Coleoptera 11.1% – water beetles
Phoridae 0.8% – hump-backed flies (resembling fruit flies)
Sciaridae 0.7% – fungus gnats
Dolichopodidae 0.4% – long-legged flies
Muscids / Calliphorids 0.4% – house / stable / blow flies
Scathophagidae 0.3% – dung flies
Hemiptera 2.1% – bugs
Tipulid 0.1% – craneflies

with traces of
Hymenoptera – small solitary wasps
Coccinellidae – 11 spot ladybird

City swifts living in the Crescent Arts Centre – 20km / 12 miles from Lough Neagh, Thanks to Sue Swift for analysing insect fragments in the droppings Diptera (S.O.Nematocera) Chironomidae (non-biting midges) 16.8%Hemiptera (true bugs) No further classification 12.0%Diptera (S.O. Cyclorrhapha) Scathophagidae (dung flies) 11.8%Hemiptera (true bugs) Aphidae (aphids) 10.9%Hymenoptera (wasps) Ichneumonidae 7.6%Diptera (S.O. Cyclorrhapha) Muscidae/Calliphoridae 7.4%Hemiptera (true bugs) Psyllidae (jumping plant lice) 7.3%Diptera (S.O. Cyclorrhapha) Lonchopteridae  6.8%Hymenoptera (wasps) Platygasterodae 4.6%Coleoptera (beetles) Scarabaeidae (chafers) 3.3%Diptera (S.O. Cyclorrhapha) Sciomyzidae 1.7%Diptera (S.O.Nematocera) Tipulidae (craneflies) 1.7%Coleoptera (beetles) No further classification 1.6%Lepidoptera (moths) No further classification 0.9%Coleoptera (beetles) Coccinellidae (ladybirds) 0.9%Hymenoptera (wasps) Cynapidae (gall wasps) 0.9%Hemiptera (true bugs) Delphacidae (plant hoppers) 0.9%Hymenoptera (wasps) No further classification 0.8%Diptera (S.O. Cyclorrhapha) Phoridae 0.6%Diptera (S.O. Cyclorrhapha) No further classification 0.6%Coleoptera (beetles) Hydroptilidae (water beetles) 0.6%Coleoptera (beetles) Dytiscidae (water beetles) 0.3%Droppings collected from a swift colony in Dervock in 2018Thanks to Sue Swift for analysing insect fragments in the droppings Hymenoptera (wasps) Ichneumonidae 92Diptera (S.O. Cyclorrhapha) Muscidae (house flies) 77Coleoptera (beetles) Scarabaeidae (chafers) 76Hemiptera (true bugs) No further classification 68Diptera (S.O.Nematocera) No further classification 62Coleoptera (beetles) No further classification 42Diptera (S.O.Nematocera) Tipulidae (craneflies) 36Hemiptera (true bugs) Aphidae (aphids) 31Diptera (S.O. Cyclorrhapha) circular seamed flies No further classification 23Neuroptera (lacewings) Hemerobiidae (brown lacewings) 20Hemiptera (true bugs) Cicidellidae leaf hopper 19Hymenoptera (wasps) Cynapidae (gall wasps) 19Diptera (S.O.Nematocera) Chironomidae (non-biting midges) 17Diptera (S.O. Cyclorrhapha Calliphoridae (blowflies) 13Lepidoptera (moths) No further classification 9Hemiptera (true bugs) Psyllidae (jumping plant lice) 9Hymenoptera (wasps) No further classification 8Diptera (S.O. Cyclorrhapha) Lonchopteridae spear-winged flies 8Diptera (S.O. Cyclorrhapha) Sciomyzidae marsh flies 5Diptera (S.O. Cyclorrhapha) Opomyzidae 5Diptera (S.O. Cyclorrhapha) Syrphidae (hoverflies) 3Diptera (S.O.Nematocera) Scatopsidae dung midges 3


Genesis Swift Boxes have a new UK outlet!

Genesis Swift Boxes can now be purchased by our UK visitors at Wildcare Nationwide Ecology Supplies.

Wildcare Nationwide Ecology Supplies are now an outlet for Genesis Nest Boxes for Swifts
Wildcare Nationwide Ecology Supplies are now an outlet for Genesis Nest Boxes for Swifts CLICK HERE to visit their website.

Action for Swifts – Swift Awareness Week 22nd – 30th June 2019

Action for Swifts - Swift Aware Week
Action for Swifts – Swift Aware Week

Birdwatch Ireland – Westmeath Branch

This summer members of the Westmeath branch volunteered with BirdWatch Ireland’s Westmeath Swift Survey – which was carried out with the support of the Heritage office of Westmeath County Council – and with volunteers from various Tidy Towns groups across the county.

Following on from that survey – the Westmeath branch is sponsoring three swift nest boxes and lure systems in Moate, Rochfortbridge and Kinnegad in order to provide additional nesting sites for swifts in these localities. On Thursday evening members of the Westmeath branch presented the nest box systems to representatives from Moate and Rochfortbridge Tidy Towns committee who also helped out with the nest surveys this summer. A third system will be presented in Kinnegad in the coming weeks. These boxes are funded by donations made by members of the Westmeath branch of BirdWatch Ireland at our monthly meetings throughout the year. Our next meeting is October 11th, 8pm Bloomfield House Hotel – when our guest speaker will be Pádraic Fogarty of the Irish Wildlife Trust – further details will be posted here next week. All of our events are free and open to all. Nest boxes and lure systems are supplied by Genesis Nest Boxes.

Westmeath Birdwatch Ireland
Westmeath Birdwatch Ireland
Westmeath Birdwatch Ireland
Westmeath Birdwatch Ireland

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Flat Pack Owl Nest Boxes Available for Purchase!

Flat pack Genesis Owl Nest Boxes available for purchase, made from Magnesium Oxide which makes them impervious to the Irish weather, they can be set up on trees or indoors in old barns. Contact Stephan on the Contact Us page to make enquiries or to purchase.

Owl Nest Box
Flat pack owl nest box available to purchase.

For visitors living in Ireland, you can contact Stephan De Beer direct from our Contact Us page to make a purchase and arrange for collection or delivery.

All our UK visitors can now purchase our exclusive nest boxes from Widcare Ecology Supplies – CLICK HERE – to visit their website.

Wildcare Nationwide Ecology Supplies are now an outlet for Genesis Nest Boxes for Swifts
Wildcare Nationwide Ecology Supplies are now an outlet for Genesis Nest Boxes for Swifts

About Us

Genesis Nest Boxes operates from scenic Killarney County Kerry Ireland.

Here in one of the most beautiful places in God’s creation the range of Genesis Nest Boxes, mostly for endangered species is manufactured by hand.

We specialize in commercial nests for Swifts, Barn Owls, Kestrels, Sparrows and Otter Holts, however we also manufacture bespoke nest boxes to suit any situation.

We also manufacture and erect Swift Towers ranging from 12 to 24 nests, fitted with audio, cameras and solar charging facilities. Although we install many of our own commercial boxes, we install all our bespoke boxes and towers ourselves.

In 2010, Dr Brin McDonnell (Duhallow Bird Watch Club) and John Lusby (Bird Watch Ireland) asked Stephan to manufacture the Barn Owl Nest Boxes for the Barn Owl Raptor project in Duhallow (effective 2010 to 2015).

By 2015, most if not all of the boxes made from Marine Ply and fitted in outside locations had started rotting to the extent that they were virtually useless.

This prompted Dr McDonnell to approach Stephan with a view to producing a nest box that would overcome the Irish weather.

Many materials were tried, tested, and rejected, until finally Stephan discovered Magnesium Oxide Wall Board – MgO for short. This board produced only in the Pacific Rim countries and used extensively in the East in the building industry as a substitute for Cement fibre and plaster of Paris boards, we had finally found a suitable product with which to produce our nest boxes.