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Surveys and projects that you can get involved in:

Breeding Curlew Survey 2016:
Status of Ireland's breeding Curlew populations

Level of experience required: Ability to identify Curlew and note behaviours
Location
: Boglands, grasslands, rushy pastures, wetlands and other open habitats nationwide.

Equipment required
: Binoculars

Timing: April - July 2016
Time requirement: Your choice
Details required: Sightings of potentially breeding Curlew
Data submission: Online and easy via SurveyMonkey

 


   Irish Wetland Bird Survey (I-WeBS): BIRD IDENTIFICATION SKILLS
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



Garden Bird Survey (GBS):  VERY LITTLE EXPERIENCE REQUIRED 

Survey of birds occuring in Irish gardens in winter
Location: Your garden
Equipment required: Binoculars, notebook, Garden Bird Survey form
Timing
: 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

 


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


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.


Countryside Bird Survey (CBS): BIRD IDENTIFICATION SKILLS (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


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
 


 

  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



River Bird Survey 2013: ABILITY TO IDENTIFY A SMALL SELECTION OF RIVER BIRD SPECIES
Survey of birds occuring on Ireland's rivers and streams
Location: Rivers and streams in Ireland
Equipment required: Binoculars, notebook
Timing
: March - June
Time requirement: Your choice, 10 minutes to 10 hours
Details required: Numbers of river birds seen using the river or adjacent banks
Data submission: Questionnaire
Species of special interest: Kingfisher, Dipper, Common Sandpiper, Sand Martin, Grey Wagtail

 


 Click here for further details about other bird surveys in Ireland

 

Seabird Monitoring Programme (SMP): ABILITY TO IDENTIFY <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
Location: 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
Timing: 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

 

 

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