Late Nesting Bird Survey 2018


We are looking for breeding records of songbird species such as Yellowhammer and others actively nesting during the late season (August-September)

The spring and early summer is undoubtedly the peak time for nesting songbirds in Ireland. By August the peak nesting season for many of our birds is over. However, a few species, such as the Red-listed Yellowhammer and others continue nesting activity right on into the autumn. We want to find out when the nesting season actually finishes. 

BirdWatch Ireland are appealing to the public for late nesting bird records. Records of Yellowhammer,and any other birds displaying breeding behaviour are sought during the months of August and September. While we will be hosting workshops in association with BirdWatch Ireland branches in Laois, Carlow and Louth in 2018, we want records from all over Ireland.

In 2017 we undertook our first late nesting birds survey with the help of BirdWatch Ireland branches in Meath, Kildare and Tipperary. The report of this work can be found hereIn 2017 we received 383 records of breeding Yellowhammer but also many records of other species continuing to nest to September included Goldfinch, Blackbird, Greenfinch and Blackbird, but also Willow Warblers, Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, and Stonechat. 

For more info on these species click on Yellowhammer and some of the more commonly recorded late nesting species too (ie. GoldfinchGreenfinchBlackbird). And if you find more untypical late breeding birds click here for the full list of Ireland's birds.

We welcome records of other species seen to have nested during August and September. These can be emailed directly to Michael Bell,



This project is kindly supported by the Heritage Council.


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