Saturday, 18 July 2015

Long-eared Owls

Members have reported hearing the call of long-eared owl chicks this summer in Bailieborough.
These birds are easier heard than seen as their plumage is ideal camouflage for them. 
Find out more here...birdwatchireland LongearedOwl

Listen to an adult long-eared owl here..rspb longearedowl
Here is a video link to their chicks calling; a sound described as a "squeaky gate"!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Lough Gowna, Wednesday evening. Fish on the menu!

Thanks to Clare for this great series of photos!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Dublin Bay birdwatching boat trip

Guided Boat Cruise: Seabirds of Dublin Bay Biosphere
To celebrate the launch of the new Dublin Bay Biosphere, Dublin Port Company is pleased to support a guided boat cruise which will be led by staff from the BirdWatch Ireland seabird team.

The cruise will visit some of the various seabird colonies located around Dublin Bay: Black Guillemots on the River Liffey near the East Link Bridge, the Common and Arctic Tern colony near Poolbeg Power Station and impressive numbers of cliff nesting seabirds at Howth.

Date: Saturday 27th June 2015 
Time: 08:00 am - 11:00 am
Departing from and returning to Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin City (near the Samuel Beckett Bridge)
Booking: please email or call 01 2223394
Admission: €5 per person or 10 per family of four (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Proceeds from the cruise will go to the BirdWatch Ireland Save Ireland's Seabirds Appeal.


Sunday, 7 June 2015

Cavan Birdwatch Events

To all our branch members,
I hope you have all received an email from me regarding future branch outings and talks.
If you have not, perhaps I do not have your email address.
You can contact me at and I will include you on our mailing list.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Curlew Appeal

   BirdWatch Ireland are currently undertaking a survey of breeding Curlew and are appealing for your records. While the focus of the survey is in the north-west, west and south-west of Ireland, we want records from around the country.

 The aim of the survey is to get an improved estimate of the number of breeding pairs of Curlew in Ireland and identify important breeding grounds. This information will help monitor long-term populations trends and aid in the design and application of new conservation measures for this threatened, enigmatic and well-loved species.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

"Save our Nature" campaign

Save our Nature
There is an article in the Summer edition of Wings on the campaign to defend the Birds and Habitats Directives.
The European Commission has been tasked by its President Jean-Claude Juncker to undertake a review of the Directives. We believe, (as does BirdLife International, World Wildlife Fund for Nature, and the European Environment Bureau) that this is in fact an attempt to weaken the Directives as the push is for economic growth at all costs.
We would not have the nature laws in Ireland that we currently have it were not for the Directives. An example of the effectiveness of the Directives is that the Corncrake has been saved from the brink of extinction in Ireland as small numbers grow slowly in the north west of the country.
It is probably one of the most important campaigns BirdWatch has conducted.

We are asking everyone to get involved, to read and sign the petition, share it, spread the word and to encourage as many people as you can to sign it too.