Surveys and projects that you can get involved in:

  Spring Alive (very little experience required)
Track the arrival of spring every year
Level of experience required: ability to identify calls and individuals of Swallow, Swift and Cuckoo
Location: Anywhere
Equipment required: None
Timing: March & April

Time requirement: Your choice

Details required: First sightings of Swallow, Swift and Cuckoo


Countryside Bird Survey (CBS): (bird ID skills required - sight & calls)
Status of Ireland's common and widespread breeding bird populations
Level of experience required: Identification all common and widespread birds by sight and sound.
Location: Various
Equipment required: Binoculars, CBS recording sheet
Timing: April - June
Time requirement: 2 visits, each taking roughly 1 - 2 hours
Details required: Records of birds seen and heard while walking two parallel transects, each 1km long
Data submission: Hard copy or online
Most common species: Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Chaffinch


Swift Surveys: very little experience required

Level of experience required:
 Ability to identify Swifts by sight and sound
Location: Anywhere
Equipment required: None
Timing: May, June & July
Time requirement: Your choice
Details required: Sightings of swifts and details on nest sites.


Dublin City Urban Birds Project: (very little experience required)

Level of experience required: ability to identify a number of common urban bird species
Location: Dublin city
Equipment needed: None
Timing: All year
Time requirement: Your choice
Details required: sightings of urban species


Breeding Curlew Survey:
Status of Ireland's breeding Curlew populations 

Level of experience required: Ability to identify Curlew and note behaviours
: Boglands, grasslands, rushy pastures, wetlands and other open habitats nationwide.
Timing: April - July
Details required: Sightings of potentially breeding Curlew

Data submission: Please contact Dr. Anita Donaghy with any breeding Curlew records -


Seabird Monitoring Programme (SMP): (ability to ID <10 seabird species)

Monitoring breeding seabird numbers and assessing ‘productivity’ (young raised per pair) for selected species
Level of experience required
Very little, though a ‘head for heights’ is needed as most colonies are on cliffs
Sea cliffs or near-shore islands in your area
Equipment required
Binoculars sufficient for most smaller colonies, though a telescope handy at larger sites, notebook
 May-July (mid August if Fulmar breeding success is being monitored)
Time requirement
between 2 and 4 visits, late May to mid August
Data submission
Hard copy or online
Most common species
Fulmar, Shag, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Kittiwake, Guillemot & Razorbill

 For more information please contact Dr. Stephen Newton at


BirdTrack: (very little experience required)
The online bird recording system that increases the personal, local and national value of your sightings

Level of experience required: All abilities
Location: Your local birdwatching sites
Equipment required: Binoculars recommended, notebook
Timing: Year-round
Time requirement: As much or as little as you can give
Details required: Records of birds seen and heard
Data submission: Online


European Breeding Bird Atlas (EBBA2)

An ambitious project to map the distribution of more than 500 species breeding across Europe. 

                            Location: Europe
Breeding season 2013-2017
                            Details required:
Records of breeding birds 
                            Data submission:



Status of Ireland's wintering waterbird populations and their wetlands
Level of experience required: Ability to identify and count waterbirds (swans, geese, ducks, waders, gulls)
Location: Wetlands in your area
Equipment required: Binoculars, telescope for large wetlands, notebook
Timing: September - March
Time requirement: 1 visits to each wetland each month, especially January, each takes no more than 3 hrs
                                      Details required: Counts of birds on wetlands

Data submission: Hard copy or online
Most common species: Wigeon, Teal, Light-bellied Brent Goose, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Black-headed Gull

Survey of birds occuring in Irish gardens in winter

LocationYour garden
Equipment required
Binoculars, notebook, Garden Bird Survey form
December to February
Time requirement
Your choice, 10 minutes to 10 hours
Details required
Peak count each species that you can identify in each week
Data submission
Hard copy or online
Most common species
Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Chaffinch



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