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Issue 9, June 2010
BIRDWATCH IRELAND e-WINGS
Welcome to the June 2010 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
Firstly, I would like to extend a warm welcome and sincere thanks to all of the new BirdWatch Ireland members who joined up at our stand at the Bloom garden festival in the Phoenix Park earlier this month. We are delighted to have you on board and are very grateful for your support. Thanks also to all of the BirdWatch Ireland volunteers and staff who helped make this our most successful recruitment event ever.

Further thanks to everyone who has become a "fan" of BirdWatch Ireland on Facebook. It is great to watch our online community growing day by day, sharing advice, bird sightings and photos. It is also an ideal way to keep up to date with breaking conservation news stories and BirdWatch Ireland's work. If you'd like to be a part of it, please become our Facebook fan today.
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 events
As part of our Save our Seabirds campaign BirdWatch Ireland is holding a series of events throughout June and July to show Ireland's rich seabird life to the public and to raise awareness of the threats that they face. The flagship event will take place at the Cliffs of Moher from 25th to 27th June, but there are plenty of other events around the country you can also take part in. Photo: Black Guillemot by Laura Glenister
See a full listing of all our summer Save our Seabirds events and donate to our appeal
Follow our Little Terns online
The Little Tern is Ireland's rarest breeding seabird, and for over 25 years BirdWatch Ireland, in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, has been protecting these lovely birds on the shingle beach near Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow. We have set up a special blog this year so that you can follow their fortunes. Photo: Little Tern by John Fox
Visit our Little Tern blog and learn more about our wardens' round-the-clock efforts
Outcry over grant scheme forcing farmers to burn scrub
Massive destruction has been inflicted on the Irish countryside this year by the wildfires that have consumed thousands of hectares of upland habitat and caused huge problems for vulnerable birds such as the Whitethroat (left). BirdWatch Ireland and 18 of its fellow Irish environmental NGOs have been highly critical of the thoughless grant payment scheme that has contributed greatly to this problem. Photo: Whitethroat by John Fox
Learn more about this unecessary destruction and our response to it
Ireland: Seabirds and Marine Life (DVD)
In honour of our Save our Seabirds campaign, why not treat yourself to a copy of the most comprehensive film on Ireland's marine wildlife ever made? Watch whales, fish, jellyfish, starfish and the amazing feeding interaction between Gannets and Common Dolphins. A section on nesting seabirds (a great way to prepare for our summer seabird events) completes this remarkable production. All proceeds support our conservation work.
Buy the Ireland: Seabirds and Marine Life from our Wings Shop for 25 euro, plus P&P
Plan to infill bird habitat in Dublin Bay rejected
On 9th June, An Bord Pleanala rejected an application by the Dublin Port Company for permission to infill 52 acres of wildlife habitat in Dublin Bay, a decision which BirdWatch Ireland very much welcomes. Both before and during the hearings on this matter our staff and volunteers worked hard to prove the value of the area to wild birds, and it was particularly encouraging to see the EU Birds Directive being invoked to prevent the destruction of this vital habitat.
Learn more about the rejection of the Dublin Port Company's proposal to infill part of Dublin Bay
FINALLY...
BirdWatch Ireland's 2010 Annual General Meeting will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday 26th June at the Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Kilmacanogue, Co. Wicklow. All paid up members of BirdWatch Ireland are entitled to attend, and your input and feedback are very much welcomed.

As a special treat this year, following the AGM we will be holding an outing to see the Little Tern colony at Kilcoole Beach, just a short distance from the hotel, led by Little Tern Warden Niall Keogh. If you want to come along, meet at Kilcoole train station at 2:00pm.

If you are not already a BirdWatch Ireland member we would love to have your support, so please consider joining us today. You already know some of the valuable work that we do, and as a charity we rely on the funds we receive from our members to carry it out. There is a lot in it for you too: in addition to our quarterly Wings magazine, BirdWatch Ireland members also receive a membership pack and special gift, as well as the opportunity to attend a huge range of local events and visit our nature reserves.

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Good Bird Watching,
Oran O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, BirdWatch Ireland
BirdWatch Ireland
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