Issue 102, March 2018
Welcome to the March 2018 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
BirdWatch Ireland's Roseate Tern Conservation Project has been running on tiny Rockabill Island, off the coast of Skerries in north Co. Dublin, for 29 years. Thanks to that hard work Rockabill now hosts the largest Roseate Tern colony in Europe, with over 1,600 pairs, and the dedication of BirdWatch Ireland staff and volunteers has brought the species back from the brink of extinction as a European breeding bird.

The project has made it through to the final of the prestigious Natura 2000 Awards, something no other Irish initiative has ever achieved. This is where you come in: we need you, your friends and your family to support a genuine Irish conservation success story and to cast your vote for the Rockabill tern project to win the EU Citizens' Award. Voting is very easy and will only take you 10 or 15 seconds - simply click here to go to the online voting page.
To view the articles and news below in full, simply click on the link displayed at the bottom of each summary.
Irish Birds Volume 10, Number 4: out now
The new issue of Irish Birds, BirdWatch Ireland's annual scientific journal, is out now. Running to 188 pages, it contains papers on the effects of fieldwork on Hen Harrier breeding success, the migratory behaviour of Jack Snipe, Sand Martin nesting activity, nocturnal roosting behaviour in Great Crested Grebes and the choice of roost sites by wintering waders in Dublin Bay, amongst a host of other topics. Also included are the latest Irish Rare Bird Report, Irish Ringing Report and Rare Breeding Birds Report. Note that if you upgrade to Key Membership of BirdWatch Ireland, you will receive Irish Birds automatically each year at no extra cost.
Buy your copy of Irish Birds from the BirdWatch Ireland online shop for €20, plus P&P
Rockabill's Roseate Terns need your vote!
The Roseate Tern (left) is one of Europe's rarest and most beautiful seabirds. As mentioned in our introduction above, the largest European nesting colony of this threatened species is on Dublin's Rockabill Island, where for the past 29 years BirdWatch Ireland has provided nestboxes and round-the-clock wardening to ensure the future of this gorgeous bird. All of the hard work has given Europe's Roseate Tern a future once again, and we have produced a video to tell you all about it. Please, show your support for Irish conservation by voting for the Rockabill Roseate Tern Conservation Project to win this year's EU Citizens' Natura 2000 Award and send a strong message that Ireland's natural heritage is important to you.
Watch our short video, and then please cast your vote for the Rockabill Roseate Tern project
Don't forget to send us your Garden Bird Survey forms
Each winter, BirdWatch Ireland members all over the country take part in our annual Garden Bird Survey. The information they send us allows us to build up a very accurate picture of the health and distribution of our garden bird populations. If you took part, please return your completed survey forms to us as soon as possible so that your data can be included.

Although not all the forms are in yet, a preliminary analysis has indicated that Greenfinches, such as the handsome male on the left (photo: David Dillon) are showing a downward trend and have even been completely absent from some gardens where they were common in previous years. Why might this be?
Learn more about the changing fortunes of Ireland's Greenfinches in our garden bird blog
Spring Alive: please tell us when you see a Swallow, Swift or Cuckoo
It might not feel like spring is here, but the first returning migrants have already been seen. We need all of you to keep an eye out for your first Swallows, Swifts and Cuckoos of the year, and then log them via our Spring Alive website. There, you can also learn more about these remarkable global travellers and track their arrival. The project is ideal for children and teachers, and right now people all over Europe and Africa are taking part, so please spread the word far and wide: we need as many records as possible . . . including yours!
Learn lots more about Spring Alive (and don't forget to add your own observations)
CBS News - latest issue of our survey newsletter is out now
The Countryside Bird Survey (CBS) is a national BirdWatch Ireland project that monitors population trends of Ireland's common and widespread breeding birds. It has been running since 1998, and its main aim is to keep track of changes in breeding bird populations from year to year and over long periods of time.

This year's issue of the survey's newsletter, CBS News has just been published. If you would like to know more about the survey and why it is so important, and indeed how you can volunteer to help us with it, the newsletter is well worth a look.
Download CBS News and learn more about one of most important surveys (PDF: 1.5MB)
Public Relations & Events Intership with BirdWatch Ireland
BirdWatch Ireland is offering an exciting opportunity for anyone who is interested in gaining experience of working in the environmental sector, and in particular in the media and communications department of Ireland's largest conservation NGO. We are looking to recruit an intern for a period of six months to assist with all aspects of our public relations work, from public events, magazine production and press releases to radio and television broadcasts, social media engagement and assisting our national branch network.

The position will be based at our head offices in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow. As this is an internship, no salary is available, but the successful applicant will receive full training in our communications and public outreach operations and is assured of an experience that will prove invaluable for a career in the NGO and/or public relations sectors.

To apply for this internship, please send a copy of your CV plus a cover letter outlining why you would like to be considered for this position to Michelle Kavanagh at, or by post to BirdWatch Ireland, Unit 20 Block D, Bullford Business Campus, Kilcoole, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, A63 RW83. Full details of the post are available at the link below, and the deadline for applications is 5:00pm on Friday 6th April 2018.
Click here for full details of this internship opportunity with BirdWatch Ireland (PDF: 379KB)
Please remember to check out the BirdWatch Ireland Facebook page and to follow us on Twitter. Both offer great ways to stay informed about our work, to learn more Ireland's birds and to ask us questions about anything you wish.

Also, if you have yet to do so, please join BirdWatch Ireland as a member and support our conservation work. An additional way to support us is to buy your books, bird food, feeders, telescopes and binoculars from the BirdWatch Ireland online shop. As a charity, we rely on nature-lovers like you to help us to conserve and protect Ireland's wildlife.

See you again next month!

Niall Hatch
Public Relations, Branches & Development Officer

P.S. Would you like to make a donation to support our vital conservation work?
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