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Say Yes to a Living Land now!Say Yes to a Living Land now! 

The European Commission is currently preparing the reform of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which will decide the future of Europe's food and farming system. It has launched a major online public consultation in which everyone can participate.

We have created a special tool to enable our supporters to take part, allowing a pre-prepared submission to be sent directly to the European Commission on your behalf.

  Raise your voice for a Living Land now!

 


Spring Alive: please let us know when you see your first Swallows, Swifts and/or CuckoosIt's Spring Alive again! 

Don't forget to tell us when you see your first Swallow, Swift or Cuckoo of the year.

 Please log your observations for us at www.springalive.net

 


 

Living Land: civil society call to fix broken EU farm policy gains ground

Fr,31/03/2017

Living Land Campaign logoOver 140 organisations from all over Europe, including BirdWatch Ireland – representing consumers and the food sector, and those working to promote environmental protection, health, and animal welfare – have joined a call for reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

The organisations have responded to an appeal by 'Living Land' – a broad campaign which recognises that the EU’s agriculture policy is devastating to both our climate and our environment, wiping out wildlife, harming public health, and is failing small- and medium-sized farmers as well as rural communities.

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A Victory for Nature: huge public campaign saves EU nature laws

Th,08/12/2016

Hen Harrier (Photo: Neil O'Reilly)BirdWatch Ireland is thrilled that our EU nature laws have been saved, following an epic two-year campaign by conservation groups.  EU President Jean-Claude Juncker and his Commission have confirmed that the EU’s flagship nature laws – the Birds and Habitats Directives – will remain in place and will neither be rewritten nor weakened, as had been initially proposed, ending two years of uncertainty over the laws’ future.  The Commission has also called for a plan to better implement and enforce these laws.

This is a win for the record half a million people, including 8,000 people from Ireland, who called on the Commission to save and enforce these laws as part of the Europe-wide #NatureAlert campaign.

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Irresponsible and misleading Tipperary Star article about Buzzards

Tu,06/12/2016

Buzzard (Photo: Eddie Dunne)BirdWatch Ireland would like to raise its serious concerns in relation to a highly misleading and misinformed article featured on the front page of last week’s edition of the Tipperary Star, which makes outlandish claims that Buzzards, a bird of prey, have been “targeting” terriers in the county.

Such misinformation and negative sentiment towards birds of prey is unfortunately nothing new. The particularly sensationalist piece in the Tipperary Star warns owners of pet dogs and cats to be on high alert from “giant Buzzards” which are “causing major problems in the mid-Tipperary area”. This article has succeeded in attracting significant attention for all the wrong reasons. There are far-reaching consequences from fostering such misguided fear of birds of prey, which threaten to drag Ireland back into a darker past.

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Task force to be established in an effort to save Ireland’s Curlews from extinction

Fr,11/11/2016

Curlew in moorland (Photo: Richard Mills)A task force of key stakeholders is to be set up immediately to protect the Curlew, one of Ireland's most threatened breeding bird species.  This was one of the main actions which arose out of the recent Curlew in Crisis workshop.

The workshop brought together almost 100 scientists and conservationists to discuss the crisis facing breeding Curlew in Ireland.  Results from a survey funded by NPWS have shown that just 130 breeding pairs remain in the Republic of Ireland and that the species is facing extinction here within the next 10 years if emergency action is not taken.

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Hedge-cutting is not permitted until 1st September

Th,28/07/2016

BirdWatch Ireland would like to remind the public that hedge-cutting is NOT permitted between 1st March and 31st August inclusive, except in the case of any of the derogations permitted under the Wildlife Acts 1976-2010 applying.

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