Issue 110, November 2018
Welcome to the November 2018 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
This is the time of year when temperatures suddenly drop, and as a result a whole host of different bird species flock to our gardens to find food and refuge. We in Ireland have a real fondness for these seasonal garden visitors, and many households around the country put out food for them. If this is something you would like to do, but never knew where to begin, we have produced a special birdfeeding factsheet that will get you off to a flying start.

Remember that the best place to buy garden bird food and feeders is directly from our own BirdWatch Ireland shop: we offer cheap and speedy delivery anywhere in Ireland. What's more, all proceeds go to fund our bird conservation work, so when you buy from us the birds get a double benefit.

While you are taking care of your garden birds, why not count them for us too? Our annual Garden Bird Survey kicks off on Monday 3rd December and will run for 13 weeks. It's a great way to learn more about the birds that come to your home, and the data that you send us is vital for us to keep track of the fortunes and movements of our feathered friends.

We are absolutely delighted to announce that the Ballymaloe Group has come on board as the sponsor of this winter's Garden Bird Survey. Many thanks to them for their kind support and for their help in spreading the word.
To view the articles and news below in full, simply click on the link displayed at the bottom of each summary.
Birdwatch Ireland's Garden Bird Survey: your county needs you!
As mentioned above, this winter's Garden Bird Survey, kindly sponsored by the Ballymaloe Group, will begin on Monday 3rd December. This will be the 30th year of the survey, making it the longest-running "citizen science" research project in Ireland!

We need you, as well and your friends and family, to take part. Bird surveys don't come any easier than the Garden Bird Survey, as the birds come to you and you can do it from the comfort of your own kitchen. A word of warning, though: it can become surprisingly addictive!

(Photo: Robin, probably the nation's favourite garden bird, by Brian Burke)
Read more about this winter's Garden Bird Survey and how you can take part
Take just 10 seconds to support the #ProtectWater campaign
Our rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters are home to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife which depend on clean, high quality water. Healthy water is also essential for people, but all is not well with our water ecosystems in Ireland. The quality of our most pristine water bodies continues to decline, while those that are already polluted are only slowly improving. Water-based habitats are also being chipped away through drainage and development.

BirdWatch Ireland is supporting the Europe-wide #ProtectWater campaign to urge the European Commission to protect our water and not to weaken the EU Water Framework Directive, which protects our rivers, lakes, wetlands, and coastal waters. The Commission is coming under massive pressure from EU member state governments to lower water quality standards and reduce protection for vital wetland habitats. We simply can't allow this to happen. (Photo: Kingfisher, a key indicator of water quality, by Ita Martin)
Please, take just 10 seconds to sign our petition to demand that the EU protects our water
Give the gift that keeps on giving: BirdWatch Ireland membership
If you're looking for a Christmas gift for that special someone, an annual membership of BirdWatch Ireland is the perfect choice. Members receive a welcome pack, 4 issues of our print magazine Wings throughout the year (plus our Bird Detectives kids' magazine (left) for family and junior members) and a special free gift, as well access to hundreds of free events.

If you are not already a BirdWatch Ireland member yourself, perhaps you could drop some hints to your nearest and dearest. You will be glad you did!
Click to take out a gift membership of BirdWatch Ireland for the nature-lover in your life
BirdWatch Ireland Christmas cards and 2019 Calendars still available
In the last issue of eWings we launched our new Christmas cards and our 2019 Irish Birds Calendar. All feature stunning images from some of Ireland's finest wildlife photographers, and by buying your cards and calendars from us you are both helping to fund our vital conservation efforts and to spread the word about our work.

Both cards and calendars are selling fast, but we do still have some in stock - buy now to avoid disappointment. The calendars are €8 each, and the cards cost €6 for a pack of 12.

(Photo: A Reed Bunting, one of our 2019 calendar images, by Brian Burke)
Buy your cards and calendars from the BirdWatch Ireland shop and support our vital work
The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife
This beautifully illustrated book from expert author Juanita Browne guides the reader through the seasons in Ireland. It makes a wonderful gift for children, and will help to open their eyes to the natural world. It encourages them to explore nature in their back gardens, as well as around mountains, rivers, forests and the sea, and explores weird and wonderful natural phenomena, such as the metamorphosis from tadpole to frog, the Red Deer rut in autumn and the magic of a Starling flock in winter. It features Irish birds, mammals, plants, insects and amphibians, and is overflowing with stunning photographs and engaging, child-friendly cartoons, accompanied by clear accessible text.
Buy this superb new Irish children's book from BirdWatch Ireland for just €20, plus P&P
Deep-sea fish - out of sight, not out of mind
BirdWatch Ireland has been running a national campaign to end overfishing in Ireland's deep Atlantic waters. Based on the overwhelming public response, the Government's legal obligations to end overfishing and the dire need to protect our deep-sea environment, the time has surely come to stop overfishing deep-sea fish.

At a recent meeting, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., committed that he would play a positive role in the upcoming negotiations. BirdWatch Ireland Policy Officer Fintan Kelly will be in Brussels reminding the minister of this commitment.
Read about the threats facing Ireland's deep sea fish and why the Government must take action to protect them
We have been invited once again this year to participate in the Galway Continental Christmas Market, which will take place in Eyre Square. BirdWatch Ireland will be running a stand there from 16th to 22nd November. It's a great pleasure to be involved in the Christmas cheer that surrounds Galway at this time. So, if you're doing your Christmas shopping in Galway or just having a festive day out in the build-up to the main event, keep an eye out for us. We'll be stocking Christmas calendars and cards, and don't forget . . . with 4 issues of Wings posted out to members quarterly, BirdWatch Ireland membership is the gift that keeps on giving right throughout the year!

See you again next month!

Niall Hatch
Public Relations, Branches & Development Officer

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