Irish Birds is published annually. Each volume consists of four annual issues. Irish Birds volume 1 number 1 was published in 1977. It superseded the Irish Bird Report, which was published annually from 1953 (number 1) to 1975 (number 23). The 24th Irish Bird Report appeared in the first issue of Irish Birds. BirdWatch Ireland is a national organisation concerned with the conservation of wild birds and their habitats. It has a number of nature reserves throughout the Republic of Ireland, and undertakes surveys and research to increase our knowledge of Irish birds and to establish a sound basis for conservation.
BirdWatch Ireland is supported by a network of branches around the country. Each branch holds frequent meetings and outings, and a number of national events and conferences are organised each year. Members receive the quarterly Wings, full of the latest news on birds and other wildlife in Ireland and abroad.
Irish Birds publishes papers and short notes on all aspects of birds in Ireland, as well as annual reports of Rarities, Scarce Migrants and Rare Breeders (all formerly included in the Irish Bird Report) and the Irish Ringing Report. Papers, notes, photographs and drawings are welcome from amateurs and professionals alike, and should be submitted to the editor before 31 August each year. All contributions are subject to editing, and it is the policy of Irish Birds to send all contributions to a referee. Papers involving the manipulation or disturbance of birds will be accepted only if the work described conforms to the relevant legal requirements. For full details of submission requirements see “Guidelines for Authors".
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