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National workshop to address plight of the Curlew


Curlew (Photo: Mike Brown)The Curlew, one of Ireland's most iconic wild birds, is under serious threat.  Unless urgent action is taken, it is facing extinction as an Irish breeding species within the next 10 years.

In the 1980s there were around 5,000 breeding pairs in the Republic of Ireland, but today there are fewer than 150, according to a national survey commissioned by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

BirdWatch Ireland, University College Dublin and Mary Colwell are organising a one-day workshop for experts and local community representatives to formulate ways to halt the extinction of the Curlew on 4th November at the New Forest Golf Club in Co Westmeath.

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Hedge-cutting is not permitted until 1st September


BirdWatch Ireland would like to remind the public that hedge-cutting is NOT permitted between 1st March and 31st August inclusive, except in the case of any of the derogations permitted under the Wildlife Acts 1976-2010 applying.

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BirdWatch Ireland appealing for breeding Curlew records


BirdWatch Ireland is again appealing to members of the public to look out for breeding pairs of this highly threatened species this year and to report them to the organisation. BirdWatch Ireland, under contract to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, is undertaking a national Breeding Curlew Survey in parts of the north-west, west and south-west of Ireland and is appealing to members of the public to take part.



 © Mike Brown



Further evidence of Curlew declines


Populations of breeding Curlew, Numenius arquata (Irish: Crotach) in Ireland have declined significantly in recent decades and now represent one of the country's highest conservation priorities.



© Colum Clarke



Results of National Hen Harrier Survey 2015 show worrying declines


Female Hen HarrierAs one of Ireland’s rarest birds of prey, the long-term declines in Hen Harrier populations provides cause for concern, particularly given the important role this species has to play in our wild and rural landscapes. Hen Harriers are renowned for their spectacular aerial courtship displays known as the ‘skydance’. 


Female Hen Harrier. © Shay Connolly



The EU is one step closer to eliminating seabird bycatch


After years of dialogue, the European Commission has proposed that all relevant fishing vessels in the EU implement concrete measures to stop the accidental catching of seabirds in their fishing gear.





Cory's shearwater. © Killian Mularney


Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed


BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted.  It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.



Yellowhammer. © Brian Caffrey



BirdWatch Ireland welcomes climate change agreement reached at COP21


BirdWatch Ireland welcomes the climate change agreement reached at COP 21 in Paris last weekend. Nearly 200 nations around the world, including Ireland, have agreed to hold 'the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change'.




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