Issue 10, July 2010
Welcome to the July 2010 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
Many thanks to all the eWings readers who contributed their records of Swifts, Swallows and Cuckoos to our Spring Alive project this year. The aim of Spring Alive is to keep track of widespread summer migrants as they return from Africa, and it is run by BirdWatch Ireland and its fellow BirdLife International partners across Europe. This was the best season yet, with over 100,000 records received: 11,362 of these came from Ireland, which is once again the highest per capita total for any participating country.

You can see the Spring Alive results for yourself by visiting the Spring Alive website. The site is also well worth keeping an eye on over the coming months too, as for the first time ever we are extending the project to countries in Africa. BirdLife partners there will be working with local schools and community groups to keep track of these amazing migrants as they arrive on their wintering grounds - a very exciting development, I'm sure you will agree.

If you haven't yet become a "fan" of BirdWatch Ireland on Facebook, you're missing out. Our online community there has been growing rapidly, and it offers an ideal forum for sharing advice, bird sightings and photos. It is also an ideal way to keep up to date with breaking conservation news stories and BirdWatch Ireland's work. If you'd like to be a part of it, please become our Facebook fan today.
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Great Spotted Woodpeckers in Ireland - an update
Following the first confirmed breeding of the species in the Republic of Ireland last year, we are delighted to report that Great Spotted Woodpeckers have bred here again this year. What's more, numbers appear to be increasing and breeding is no longer confined just to Co. Wicklow. Photo: Irish-born juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker (left) with its mother on a feeder in a Co. Wexford garden, taken by Dick Coombes
BirdWatch Ireland's own Dick Coombes fills us in on these exciting developments
Hummingbirds in Ireland?
At this time every year BirdWatch Ireland receives reports of hummingbirds from around the country. Despite appearances, these are not actually hummingbirds but are in fact a scarce species of day-flying moth that does a remarkably good job of imitating them: the Hummingbird Hawkmoth. Photo: Hummingbird Hawkmoth by Declan Murphy
Learn more about these remarkable insects
Support a strong EU Action Plan to reduce seabird bycatch
As part of our Save our Seabirds campaign, BirdWatch Ireland is supporting the creation and implementation of an EU-wide Action Plan to reduce seabird bycatch in fishing gear. Over 200,000 seabirds are estimated to be killed in fishing gear every year in European waters, a completely needless slaughter. Photo: Cory's Shearwater by Killian Mullarney
Add your support, find out more and send an email to the European Commission.
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BirdWatch Ireland seeking to recruit a Chief Executive
BirdWatch Ireland is Ireland's largest nature conservation charity, dedicated to protecting Ireland's wild birds and their habitats. With over 14,000 members and continuing to grow strongly, BirdWatch Ireland is active all around the country through its full-time staff, dedicated volunteers and branch network. With a staff of around 35, the organisation is involved in practical conservation work and scientific research, as well as policy and advocacy, both within Ireland and internationally through its BirdLife International partners.

We seek to recruit a Chief Executive to lead the organisation, working with our Board and staff to resource and deliver an ambitious 10-year forward strategy. This is both an exciting and a challenging opportunity for the right person to make a real difference for nature conservation and the quality of life in this country.
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Congratulations to Siobhán Egan, BirdWatch Ireland's Policy Officer, on her appointment as the representative of the Irish Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership on the European Economic and Social Committee. Contrary to assertions by various journalists, politicians and representative bodies, Siobhán is not representing BirdWatch Ireland alone but rather all 27 of the member organisations that make up the Pillar. In her role as the Pillar representative she will feed in the views of all the member organisations to the work of the EESC. Full details of Siobhán's appointment are available on our website.

If you are not already a BirdWatch Ireland member we would love to have your support, so please consider joining us today. You already know some of the valuable work that we do, and as a charity we rely on the funds we receive from our members to carry it out. There is a lot in it for you too: in addition to our quarterly Wings magazine, BirdWatch Ireland members also receive a membership pack and special gift, as well as the opportunity to attend a huge range of local events and visit our nature reserves.

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Good Bird Watching,
Oran O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, BirdWatch Ireland
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