River Bird Survey 2013

We are looking for breeding records of river birds (between mid-March and mid-June) from 2004 up to the present season to help us examine links between water quality and biodiversity. 

Ireland supports a rich and diverse network of river systems. They are often not so easily accessible, making it difficult to monitor the health of this habitat for biodiversity. However, Ireland's rivers are highly attractive and are well visited by tourists, anglers and other recreational users. 


Please visit our River Birds page for further details about this group of birds. This spring/ summer, we urge you to keep your eyes peeled if you are out and about on a river or its banks. We are looking for details of your sightings of all riverine species, but especially Kingfisher, Dipper, Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail and Sand Martin. But we would also like to know about rivers where these birds were absent.

The survey form is available here. Completing it is really easy. And please complete the questionnaire even if you saw no riverine birds.

The details we need to know are:


  • Name and e-mail address
  • Sighting details and a location (there is a fantastic website to identify the grid reference so we can pin point your sighting)
  • How many birds of each species you saw
  • Details on any breeding evidence observed, if any.
  • Basic information on habitat type


Please take a look and give it a go! Or contact us if you have any queries.

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