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Issue 112, January 2019
 
   
 
BIRDWATCH IRELAND eWINGS
Welcome to the January 2019 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
As this is the first issue of eWings in 2019, we would like to wish a very happy New Year to all of BirdWatch Ireland's members and supporters. We are very grateful to have you on board, and we wish you all the very best for the year ahead.

So, how are your New Year's resolutions going? If one of your resolutions was perhaps to do more for wildlife conservation, to spend more time outdoors or to get to know Ireland's birds better, a great way to tick all of those boxes is to join BirdWatch Ireland as a member. As Ireland's largest and most active conservation charity, the money you entrust to us is put to very good use, protecting some of Ireland's most vulnerable wildlife.

If you already happen to be a BirdWatch Ireland member, why not instead resolve to convince some of your friends and family to join us too? You already know all of the great benefits they will receive, such as Wings magazine, our garden bird welcome pack and access to more than 450 events throughout the year. The more nature-lovers you can convince to join us, the better equipped we will be to fight on your behalf for Ireland's natural heritage.
To view the articles and news below in full, simply click on the link displayed at the bottom of each summary.
 
 
ARTICLES
Irish garden birds: rambunctious redpolls
BirdWatch Ireland's annual winter Garden Bird Survey, kindly sponsored by The Ballymaloe Group, still has a few weeks left to run. Many thanks to everyone who is taking part.

In recent weeks we have received lots of reports of a handsome little visitor suddently starting to turn up at feeders and bird tables: a small, brown finch with a striking red patch on the forehead . . . the Lesser Redpoll, a classic late-winter garden visitor most commonly recorded by Garden Bird Survey participants in January and February. We thought that this would be the perfect issue of eWings, therefore, to give you a bit more information about them. (Photo: Lesser Redpoll by Kevin Murphy)
Learn more about these charming little garden visitors in our Garden Bird Blog
New range of exclusive BirdWatch Ireland clothing launched
Show your true colours and support Irish wild bird conservation by wearing our exclusive new line of BirdWatch Ireland clothing. From T-shirts to hoodies, the entire range is made from certified organic cotton and manufactured using 100% renewable energy.

The designs represent our current work and projects, as well as the bird species that continue to need our help. Proceeds of sale go directly towards supporting the vital conservation work carried out by BirdWatch Ireland, and of course by wearing them you will be helping to spread the word about the work that we do.
Click to browse the full BirdWatch Ireland clothing range on our dedicated Teemill store page
Buy your bird food and feeders from BirdWatch Ireland
Temperatures have been dropping recently, and whenever that happens you can expect to see a significant increase in the number of birds visiting your garden. Providing food and water for them can make a real difference to their survival, and it is also a great way to watch them at close quarters and to learn more about them.

The best way to buy bird food and feeders is, of course, from BirdWatch Ireland. We stock a wide range of garden birdcare products which we can deliver to anywhere in Ireland. Even better, when you buy from us all of the proceeds support our conservation work, so the birds get a double benefit. (Photo: Goldfinches feeding on nyjer seed, by Shay Connolly)
Browse the full range of bird food and feeders available from our online shop
Celebrate World Wetlands Day with BirdWatch Ireland on 2nd February
The birdwatchers amongst you will know that Ireland is home to an especially impressive quantity and variety of waterbirds, especially during winter months. These birds all depend on the wetlands, big and small, for which Ireland is of such international importance, yet these amazing habitats rarely get the public attention they deserve.

This coming Saturday, 2nd February, is World Wetlands Day, a day to celebrate and draw attention to wetlands and the flora and fauna that rely on them. BirdWatch Ireland branches around the country are planning a series of special wetland-themed events: why not go along to the one nearest you and see for yourself just why our wetlands are worth celebrating?
Click here for details of all of the World Wetland Day events taking place across the country
BirdWatch Ireland's 50th Anniversary Appeal: help our vital work
BirdWatch Ireland is currently celebrating 50 years of protecting birds and other wildlife in Ireland. We can't do this crucial work without your help. To mark our 50th anniversary we have launched a special fundraising appeal so that we can continue to build on our hard work on your behalf, hopefully over the next five decades!

Your donation will help us to carry on our vital efforts to protect birds and biodiversity in Ireland, to be a voice for conservation in the corridors of power, to monitor and maintain healthy bird populations and to deliver comprehensive environmental education to the next generation.

Please, give as genorously as you can: your support will make a real difference. Thank you.
Learn more about our 50th Anniversary Appeal and donate to support our vital work
Volunteers needed for bird surveys
Would you like to take part in a bird survey? BirdWatch Ireland will be holding three training days this spring, with the aim of recruiting volunteers to help with our two long-term surveys: the Countryside Bird Survey (CBS) and the Irish Wetland Bird Survey (I-WeBS).

The CBS monitors the breeding populations of our countryside birds, through systematic counts during April, May and June. Participants in I-WeBS count the winter birds at wetland sites once a month from September to March each year.

The training days are designed to give new participants a grounding in how to carry out the surveys and a chance to meet existing survey participants, who are also welcome to attend. The sessions are relaxed, enjoyable and informative and run from 10:00am to 3:30pm. Tuition is free and lunch will be provided.

This year's training days will be held in Athlone, Donegal and Mallow and the provisional dates are Saturday 23rd February, Saturday 2nd March and Saturday 23rd March. The venues and other details will be finalised shortly, but in the meantime if you have any interest in one of these sessions, please get in touch through either:
Please click here for more information on BirdWatch Ireland's volunteer surveys and how you can take part
 
 
FINALLY...
This is a real year of anniversaries! To celebrate 25 years of our Irish Wetland Bird Survey (I-WeBS) two members of the survey team, namely Niamh Fitzgerald and Brian Burke, will be giving a series of talks at various locations around the country over the next few weeks. Their talk will be entitled, appropriately enough, 25 Years of the Irish Wetland Bird Survey, and they will be talking about the history of the survey, discussing the type of data it gathers and explaining why it is so important as a tool to monitor both the health of our wetlands and the populations of the birds themselves.

All of the I-WeBS talks are free of charge and open to everyone. They are being run in conjunction with our local BirdWatch Ireland branches, and the current schedule is as follows:
  • 31st January: Hannon's Hotel, Roscommon Town at 8:00pm
  • 7th February: Blue Bar Lounge, Skerries, Co. Dublin at 8:00pm
  • 12th February: Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Co. Wicklow at 8:00pm
  • 20th February: Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Glasnevin, Dublin at 7:30pm
  • 24th February: North Mayo Heritage Centre, Enniscoe, Co. Mayo at 1:00pm
  • 27th February: Room 3B05, Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish, Limerick at 7:45pm
  • 7th March: Letterkenny Museum, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal at 8:00pm
See you again next month!

Niall Hatch
Public Relations, Branches & Development Officer
 
 
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