It may be the school holidays but Abbeyhill Primary School is buzzing with activity – our outdoor classroom is taking new shapes, trails and hillocks. We are reaching new heights not only on the ground but also as we lay the groundwork for welcoming new wildlife residents – a nesting pair of swifts-in-residence – as part of our current outdoor learning art project with artist-gardener-in-residence Yolanda McKean.
It’s #SwiftAwarenessWeek 3 – 11 July 2021 and we are joining forces with RSPB Edinburgh to highlight their Swift Cities project by becoming a Swift Hub hosting two swift next boxes on the North-facing facade of our main school building to help protect local swift populations!
Big shoutout to William Mazur – one of our recent artists-in-residence who has helped us install the new swift homes at the school despite the pouring rain. Thanks to his assistants… looking after his ladders, umbrellas and photographs, too!
Importantly, William is also a founding member of the Murally People collective of local artists who have been transforming our Abbeyhill neigbourhood into a swift sanctuary by painting swifts in flight on all the murals done to date. Our school resident swifts will be in good company alongside another seven #swiftboxes in strategic locations in the Abbeyhill Collonies to encourage these special birds to come back to our city.
Looking for active family fun during the school holidays? Join the newly created self-led cycle and walking routes to visit the #SwiftHubs and #SwiftMurals, see feeding areas and enjoy Edinburgh green spaces…and hopefully spot a #swift or two in the process. Visit the Edinburgh Swift Local Group website to find out more and download the activity packs. Find Abbeyhill Primary School and Colony of Artists on the #2 The Swift cycle and walking path for observing the swifts and citizen science surveys. Our new swifts-in-residence will appreiciate it if you remember to tag us in your socials as #AbbeyhillPS and #ColonyofArtists.