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Issue 2, November 2009
BIRDWATCH IRELAND eWINGS
Welcome to the November 2009 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
Many thanks to all the eWings readers who contacted us with their kind words about our launch issue last month. We have been delighted by the positive response and by the large number of new subscribers that we have received.

Some readers have expressed concern that eWings might be replacing Wings, the quarterly print magazine that our members receive in the post: don't worry, eWings is an additional publication and all BirdWatch Ireland members will continue to receive their issue of Wings magazine as normal.
To view the articles and news in full simply click on the link displayed at the bottom of each article summary.
ARTICLES
Save Our Seabirds: how you can help
In the last edition of eWings we mentioned the launch of our new Save Our Seabirds campaign. The campaign is now up-and-running on-line . . . and we need your help. We are collecting electronic signatures for our petition, as well as donations, to ensure that Ireland's world-famous seabird colonies will be properly protected.
Learn all about how you can help to Save Our Seabirds
Great Spotted Woodpeckers colonising Ireland
Any European field guide will tell you that woodpeckers do not occur in Ireland. Well, those field guides may need to be rewritten: in an exciting development, this year saw no less than 8 pairs of Great Spotted Woodpeckers breeding in woodland in Co. Wicklow, a truly amazing discovery. Dick Coombes of BirdWatch Ireland tells us all about it in the forthcoming Winter 2009 issue of Wings magazine.
Read about the spread of this beautiful bird in Ireland in our exclusive article from Wings
Your bird sightings are needed for Bird Atlas 2007-11
We have now reached the half-way point of the Bird Atlas 2007-11, a massive project to map the birdlife of Ireland and Britain. Many thanks to all of you who have sent in your Bird Atlas records to date, either online or by post. We need to get as many records as possible of all bird species, both common and rare, to build up a complete picture of the abundance and distribution of Ireland's birds, and there are several ways in which everyone reading this can help us.
Learn more about our Bird Atlas project and how you can contribute your own records
BirdWatch Ireland membership makes a great gift
If you are looking for a novel gift idea for a friend, colleague or loved one (or even for yourself), you might like to consider an annual membership of BirdWatch Ireland. The recipient gets 4 issues of our quarterly Wings magazine, the opportunity to attend a huge range of local Branch events and access to our national network of nature reserves and our surveys, as well as a special garden bird gift pack. All proceeds go to support our vital conservation efforts.
Learn more about BirdWatch Ireland membership and its benefits
Wings Online Shop - Special Christmas Card Offer
Why not send BirdWatch Ireland Christmas Cards, featuring gorgeous original artwork by renowned wildlife artist Peter Partington, to your friends and family this year and benefit Ireland's leading conservation charity at the same time?
Browse the selection of Christmas cards at BirdWatch Ireland's own on-line shop, available at the bargain price of 5 euro per pack of 10
FINALLY...
Our website contains lots of information on Ireland's birdlife, as well as details of the conservation work that we do and the surveys that we run. We have also just added a full list of all the local events being held during the next three months: why not have a look at the free events that are taking place near you?

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Good Bird Watching ,
Oran O'Sullivan, COO BirdWatch Ireland
BirdWatch Ireland
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