Under the banner of Operation Godwit an international team of scientists has been studying the Icelandic black-tailed godwit since the 1990s. Unique combinations of colour rings placed on the birds' legs on their breeding grounds in Iceland and on their wintering grounds in Western Europe allow individual birds to be identified, and mean that when birdwatchers around Europe … [Read more...] about Cork school children contribute to international godwit study
Jade Whynne... Managing Director with V2 Volunteer & Vacation... introduces some of the benefits of volunteering on conservation projects abroad, looking specifically at some of the V2 conservation projects in the Caribbean. Beyond the view of the sandy beach and turquoise water that most of the millions of visitors that arrive in the Caribbean admire from the balcony of … [Read more...] about Wildlife Volunteering in the Caribbean
If you're a birder in Britain or Ireland then chances are you already know about the upcoming publication of "Bird Atlas 2007-2011". The culmination of one of the most ambitious citizen science projects ever undertaken, Bird Atlas brings together data on bird populations collected by tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers across the British Isles. It has been described … [Read more...] about Bird Atlas 2007-2011 — save 33% before 31 July
Against all odds a mini-heatwave seemed to have descended on Ireland. The sun blazed out of a sky for once devoid of cloud as we met up in the car park at Barleycove beach in West Cork. It was early June and we were looking for butterflies. Our target species for the day was the rare marsh fritillary -- one of Ireland's most striking butterfly species … [Read more...] about Butterflies… and so much more!
The recent "State of Nature" report published in the UK highlights the staggering and shocking decline of some of our nearest neighbour's most iconic wildlife species. The figures from the report -- compiled by 25 of the UK's top wildlife organisations -- make for a sobering read. 60% of the species surveyed have declined over recent decades and more than one in ten of all … [Read more...] about “State of Nature” raises a red flag for Irish wildlife