Issue 33, June 2012
Welcome to the June 2012 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
If you happen to be one of the thousands of new eWings subscribers that signed up to receive this monthly email newsletter at the Bloom garden show earlier this month, I would like to offer you an especially warm welcome.

If you happen to be one of the hundreds of new BirdWatch Ireland members who took the extra step of joining up, please accept our most sincere thanks too. I hope you are enjoying your membership pack, your gift and your first issue of Wings magazine, and also that you will enjoy attending some of the upcoming Branch events that will be taking place all over the country. Your support means the world to us, and the money you have contributed is already helping our wildlife conservation work: as a charity, we simply can't do it without you.

If becoming a member of BirdWatch Ireland is something that you have been thinking about, or if you happen to have one of our membership forms tucked away somewhere and have been meaning to send it back to us, please take this opportunity to join BirdWatch Ireland today. If you don't want to do it online, you can always give us a call on 01-2819878. The best way of all to join, however, is by direct debit: it gives you an extra 3 months' membership free and saves us money. We would also like to encourage existing members to switch over to direct debit payment: simply email to request a direct debit payment form from us. Regular eWings readers will already know about the vital work we do: please do your part for Ireland's wildlife and give us your support.
To view the articles and news in full simply click on the link displayed at the bottom of each article summary.
A welcome to the new BirdWatch Ireland Chairman, Kieran O'Byrne
BirdWatch Ireland's AGM took place at the Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs, Co. Wicklow on Saturday, 23rd June. Following this meeting, we are delighted to announce the election of Kieran O'Byrne of Greystones, Co. Wicklow as the new Chairman of BirdWatch Ireland. Kieran takes over from our outgoing Chairman, John Cromie, who fell to retire from the position, having completed his 4-year term; John will remain on the Board of Management, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his exceptional service as Chairman. The AGM also saw the publication of our 2011 Annual Report.
Download BirdWatch Ireland's Annual Report 2011 (PDF: 423KB)
Kingfisher and Dipper become the focus of Duhallow EU LIFE project
A range of research and conservation efforts is currently underway in Duhallow, an area encompassing north Cork and east Kerry. IRD Duhallow is collaborating with BirdWatch Ireland on a specialised raptor project which began early this year and has already gathered a lot of valuable information on important bird of prey populations in the area. One of the main focuses of the IRD group however is an ambitious EU LIFE programme developed to benefit the wildlife associated with waterways, including Dippers and Kingfishers, as part of a large restoration project to enhance the Upper Blackwater River Special Area of Conservation. (Photo: Kingfisher, by Shay Connolly)
Learn more about the DuhallowLIFE project and how it is benefitting local wildlife
Fisheries policy reform not likely to help fish, fishermen or wildlife
BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland's largest environmental NGO, was extremely disappointed by the outcome of the EU Fisheries Council meeting in Luxembourg on 13th June. Instead of adopting more positive measures to end overfishing by 2015, the Council decided to be less ambitious and agree in principle to ending overfishing, but perhaps not until 2020. The regrettable failure of EU fisheries ministers to adopt a more radical reform of the Common Fisheries Policy may scupper chances of achieving sustainable fisheries for the people and wildlife that depend on them.
Read more about this wasted opportunity and watch a video that explains the key issues
Countryside Bird Survey: new manual tells you all you need to know
Have you ever wanted to participate in our annual Countryside Bird Survey but weren't sure what was involved or whether you had the right skills? Or, are you already a CBS volunteer who is looking for more information on how the survey operates or would like to brush up on survey techniques? If so, you'll be glad to learn that we have just published a set of guidelines for all CBS participants: this fully illustrated manual is packed with all you need to know to take part in this vital survey.
Click to download the new Countryside Bird Survey Manual (PDF: 1.62MB)
Bird Baths: an important feature in any wildlife-friendly garden
Many of us provide food for birds in our gardens, but also offering a reliable source of water can increase the numbers that visit. This is especially true during warm summer weather or freezing winter conditions when there are fewer natural water sources available. While a garden wildlife pond is a lovely way to do this, it is not always practical to create one. Bird baths, both hanging and free-standing, are the perfect solution and have the advantage of allowing you to place them exactly where you can see the birds best. They also ensure an ideal water depth, which helps avoid the risk of drowning, especially for young birds.
See our range of great-value bird baths, including both hanging and free-standing models
Submit your Records of Riverine Birds Now!
The National Biodiversity Data Centre and BirdWatch Ireland have recently developed a facility to capture records of waterways birds. We are looking for details of your sightings of Kingfisher, Dipper, Sand Martin, Cormorant and others. So the next time you are out on a river or canal, whether it be in a boat or on the bank, please keep your eyes peeled and let us know what you see.
Click here for further details on how you can get involved and send us your records of riverine birds
BirdWatch Ireland is looking to recruit a Species Policy Officer to facilitate the delivery of multi-stakeholder action plans for Irish birds and help to report on and ensure policy changes for the protection of bird species in the wider countryside. You can view the job advertisement here (PDF: 108KB) and see the full job specification here (PDF: 168KB). Click here to download the application form (DOC: 111KB). Please note that the deadline for applications is noon on 13th July 2012.

One more thing - be sure to check out the BirdWatch Ireland Facebook page: I promise that you will really, really like it. You can also follow us on Twitter and keep up-to-date with Irish conservation news as it happens.

Good Bird Watching,
Oran O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, BirdWatch Ireland
BirdWatch Ireland
Unit 20, Block D
Bullford Business Campus
Co. Wicklow
Tel: (+353)-(0)1-2819878

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