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Bird Atlas 2007-2011

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….

BirdTrack… a smart new way to record the birds you see

Sand Martin Arrival 2013

Brian Caffrey, co-ordinator of BirdTrack  for Irish partner organisation, Birdwatch Ireland, introduces this new tool for recording and managing your personal bird records, and contributing to a body of data that helps inform bird conservation on a local, regional, national and international level. BirdTrack ( is an exciting project that….

Bird Identification Expert speaking in Cork

Killian Mullarney talk on Bird Identification

The Art of Identification A forty-year perspective on birding and Field Guides With Killian Mullarney Friday 01 February 2013, Cork International Airport Hotel Doors open 7pm, talk commences at 8pm Join Killian Mullarney, renowned bird artist and and international authority on bird identification in Cork on 01 February for this….

Hen harrier shooting prompts call for Garda investigation

Irish Hen Harrier Shot in Co. Kerry

Birdwatch Ireland (BWI) has called on An Garda Siochána to launch an immediate investigation following the recent shooting of a hen harrier at a winter roost site in County Kerry. Hen Harriers are a species of high conservation concern in Ireland and are listed on Annex I of the EU Birds Directive…..

Birdwatch Ireland Garden Bird Survey starts Monday 03 December

The blue tit -- one of the most striking of our common garden birds

Birdwatch Ireland’s most popular “Citizen Science” project… the annual Garden Bird Survey… starts next Monday, 03 December. It’s a survey that anyone can take part in and its really easy to get involved here’s how Birdwatch Ireland explain it: The way the survey works is very straightforward…  Between December and….

Ninth Wicklow red kite poisoning confirmed

Irish Red Kite confirmed poisoned

A ninth red kite from the Irish project to reintroduce this magnificent bird of prey has been killed by poisoning . Tests on the bird, which was found dead near Brittas Bay at the end of last year, have confirmed the cause of death as illegal poisoning. It was a….

Wild Christmas gift ideas that help wildlife!

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,….

Farmland bird populations at lowest ever level

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….

Shocking “live bait” poisoning of buzzards in Rosscrea

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….

Roseate Tern offered lifeline on Ireland’s East Coast

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….

European project will track seabird movements

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….

Special Offer Wildlife Books from Birdwatch Ireland

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….