Do you have a wildlife nut in your family? Are you struggling for inspiration for a suitable Christmas gift for someone in your life who is literally “for the birds”? Well, fear not – we’ve got a suggestion. Why not get them a gift that will not only delight them, but will also help contribute to the conservation of the wildlife they love? Lots of wildlife related charities … [Read more...] about Wild Christmas gift ideas that help wildlife!
Figures released by the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme reveal that Europe’s farmland birds are in dire straits. Researchers compiled population figures for 145 common and widespread bird species spanning 25 European countries between 1980 and 2009. Of the 36 species of common farmland birds included in the study, 20 were considered to be in decline, and overall … [Read more...] about Farmland bird populations at lowest ever level
The appalling practice of poisoning birds of prey in rural Ireland continues, and took an even more sinister twist recently according to last week’s Birdwatch Ireland eWings newsletter. Ireland’s largest conservation NGO revealed that volunteers monitoring buzzards near the Offaly / Tipparary border found live pigeons laced with poison and staked out specifically to target … [Read more...] about Shocking “live bait” poisoning of buzzards in Rosscrea
The population of the roseate tern (Sterna dougallii), which is classed as one of Europe’s rarest breeding seabirds, is getting a much needed boost thanks to a Birdwatch Ireland and National Parks and Wildlife Service conservation initiative. According to a report in today’s Irish Times Ireland now boasts 90 per cent of Europe’s core breeding population of these scarce birds, … [Read more...] about Roseate Tern offered lifeline on Ireland’s East Coast
A European funded seabird project called FAME (Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment) is set to track seabird movements around the coastlines of Europe, including Ireland, the UK, France, Spain and Portugal. "We know more about the journeys of albatrosses in the Southern Ocean than we do about some of the seabirds around our own shores," said Dr Ellie Owen, a seabird … [Read more...] about European project will track seabird movements
Hot news on the Birdwatch Ireland page on Facebook this afternoon… get your hands on some great value nature and wildlife books from the Birdwatch Ireland Online Store with fantastic reductions on a range of great titles. But hurry… according to the guys at BWI stocks at this price are limited, so head on over now and bag yourself a natural bargain! … [Read more...] about Special Offer Wildlife Books from Birdwatch Ireland
A blue-grey blush along the eastern horizon was the only hint of approaching daylight as I joined a group of game-looking individuals in the darkness. It was 4:30am, and some 35 of us had gathered at the north west corner of Ireland’s first marine nature reserve to witness one of the wonders of the natural world. We were here for the dawn chorus. Except that nobody had told … [Read more...] about West Cork Dawn Chorus 2011
Early morning is a good time for birds… that’s a well known fact. It’s also a well known fact that 4:00am is a sub-optimal time for a 40 year old night owl with a propensity to stay up too late. But come tomorrow morning… that I will be that soldier. My wife thinks I’m mad… and perhaps she’s right… but tomorrow is National Dawn Chorus Day… and I’m off to see what’s happening … [Read more...] about Daft o’ Clock Birding… I must be mad!
I have a soft spot for Little Terns. The salt marsh, sand dunes and beach in Gronant, North Wales, where I grew up, played a huge part in nurturing a growing passion for nature in general and birds in particular when I was young – and little terns played their part. The beach at Gronant, on the mouth of the Dee Estuary, is home to Wales’s only remaining colony of little … [Read more...] about Follow Wicklow Little Tern Colony on new Birdwatch blog
Birdwatch Ireland has published a list of events taking place around the country on National Dawn Chorus Day 2011, which takes place on the Sunday 15 May. National Dawn Chorus day is Birdwatch Ireland’s most popular wildlife event of the year, and sees people getting out of bed a bit earlier than usual to experience one of the true wonders of our natural world. Events this … [Read more...] about National Dawn Chorus Day Events
Many nesting birds in areas affected by gorse fires in the north and west of the country have had their breeding efforts for this season scuppered by the flames Birdwatch Ireland warned yesterday. Talking to reporters Niall Hatch, Development Officer with the Irish NGO, warned that the impact of the fires would compound the negative effects of two successively bad winters on … [Read more...] about Gorse fires devastating for local birds says Birdwatch Ireland
Okay… the Birdwatch Ireland page on Facebook hit 3,000 likes today (see the rather fetching image they posted to their page to celebrate). We’re languishing on a paltry 1763 (actually, I think that’s pretty good, but I know we can do better). Think about it… birds ARE wildlife… but there’s much more to wildlife than just birds. Logically, if 3,000 people like Birdwatch Ireland … [Read more...] about Let’s catch Birdwatch Ireland on Facebook