Northern Ireland


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Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa


Black-tailed Godwit







Irish Raptor Appeal





Birds for Life: Recreation, Education, Conservation

BirdWatch Ireland, in association with RSPB Northern Ireland

The 45th All Ireland Conference on Bird Conservation 2012,
Radisson Hotel & Spa, Ditchley House, Little Island, Cork

Programme of Events

Friday 9th March 2012

5:00pm – 8:00pm:    Conference Registration

5:00pm – 9.30pm:    Shop, Wildlife Art and Photographic exhibitions, featuring work by Michael O’Clery, Peter Wolstenholme and Rónán Mc Loughlin: Glandore & Fitzgerald Suite, Ditchley House.

5:00pm – 8.00pm:    Meet The Conservation Teams: BirdWatch Ireland & RSPB staff are on hand to answer your queries and share experiences, Ditchley House.

Great Island Suite:
8:00pm – 8:45pm:    From Great Island to Iceland: The Black tailed Godwit Schools programme by Jim Wilson


Saturday 10th March 2012

8:30am onwards:    Conference Registration

9:00am – 2.00pm    Wings shop including Opticron Optical demonstration, Glandore Suite, Ditchley HouseArt & Photographic Exhibition, Glandore Suite, Ditchley House
Great Island Suite:
9:30am – 9:40am:    Welcome and Opening of Conference by John Cromie, Chairman, BirdWatch Ireland

9:45am – 10:15am:    Keynote address: How Communities can Benefit Birds by Hazell Thompson, BirdLife International.

10:15am – 10:40am:     RSPB Reserves in Northern Ireland – Wonderful places for Nature and People.  By Gregory Woulahan, RSPB Northern Ireland.

10:40am – 11:10am:    Tea & coffee break,

11:10am – 11:40am:    Bird Atlas 2007/2011: Motivating the Masses to turn the map red: how volunteer effort was vital. by Dawn Balmer, BTO

11.40am – 12.00 noon    BirdTrack and Spring Alive: the upgrade for your little black notebook, described by Brian Caffrey and Niall Hatch, BirdWatch Ireland.

12.00 noon- 12.20pm    Working for Bird Conservation on the island of Ireland: joint presentation from James Robinson (RSPB NI) and Alan Lauder (BirdWatch Ireland)

12.30pm -1.30pm    Lunch option in the Hotel restaurant or bar; shop and exhibitions open

Field Trips:   

2.00pm – 5.00pm, Saturday     Bird watching trips to Ballycotton, Rostellan and Cuskinny, guided by Cork Branch volunteers and staff. Full details are on the Field Trip Noticeboard and in your conference pack.

Evening events:
6:30pm – 7:15pm:    Book signings in Wings Shop, Ellis Suite, Ditchley House

6:30pm – 7:15pm:    Meet The Conservation Teams: BirdWatch Ireland & RSPB staff are on hand to answer your queries and share experiences, Ditchley House.

7:15pm – 8:00pm:    Drinks Reception, Great Island Suite and thank you to Atlas Volunteers

8:00pm – 10:30pm:    Conference Dinner in the Great Island Suite for pre-booked delegates


Sunday 11th March 2012

9.00am – 9.45am                 Conference registration

9.30am  – 2.00pm                Shop, Art and Photographic Exhibition, Ditchley House

Great Island Suite:
9.45 – 10.00am    Introduction and Welcome from Julian Greenwood, Chairman RSPB Committee for Northern Ireland

10.00am – 10.35am    Engaging Youth, Empowering People, Changing Lives.  by Janet Wilson, RSPB, Northern Ireland  

10.40am – 11.10am     Nurturing the Next Generation of Ornithologists by John O’Halloran, UCC.

11.10am – 11.20am    Closing statements, John Cromie, Chairman, BirdWatch Ireland.

11.20am  – 11.50am    Tea & Coffee Break


11.50am – 1.00pm     20 steps to better bird watching: An interactive session with Dick Coombes, CBS Co Ordinator, BirdWatch Ireland.

2.00pm – 4.00pm    BirdWatch Ireland Branch Committees Workshop, facilitated by Niall Hatch & Jamie Durrant, BirdWatch Ireland.

Wings shop the Art & Photographic Exhibition are located in Glandore & Fitzgerald suites in Ditchley House, which is part of the Hotel complex and will be open throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 


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