BirdWatch Ireland surprised and concerned by IFA poster campaign
30th March 2016
BirdWatch Ireland is extremely surprised to learn about the poster campaign launched today by the Irish Farmers’ Association to bar our organisation, as well as the National Parks and Wildlife Service, from accessing farmers’ land,as reported on the IFA website.
BirdWatch Ireland firmly believes that farmers are the custodians of some of Ireland’s most important habitats and iconic wildlife. We actively work to advocate financial support for farmers who are in a position to help wildlife, and we firmly believe that much more needs to be done by the State and the Irish Government to benefit and support those farmers whose actions serve to protect and conserve wildlife and biodiversity.
Assessing the health of our wildlife populations through survey work is vital, both to safeguard our natural heritage and to direct and maximise support to those farmers and landowners who should quite rightly receive support for their protection of wildlife.
BirdWatch Ireland is fortunate to enjoy a very good working relationship with farmers and landowners around the country, many of whom are members and supporters of our work. We look forward to continuing to work closely with them, and will continue to identify and secure supports from the State for their wildlife conservation work.
BirdWatch Ireland is an entirely independent conservation charity, and operates strictly on a non-governmental basis. Any staff and volunteers who carry out survey and conservation work on behalf of BirdWatch Ireland do not access private land without explicit permission from the relevant landowners.