Issue 4, January 2010
Welcome to the January 2010 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
A very happy New Year to all our eWings subscribers. 2010 promises to be a very special year for BirdWatch Ireland, with lots of interesting developments and events planned. Keep reading eWings, as well as our print membership magazine Wings, for more details as they occur.

One of our most exciting events during 2010 will undoubtedly be our All Ireland Conference on Bird Conservation in Sligo from 26th to 28th March, run jointly with RSPB Northern Ireland and announced in the last issue of eWings. Places are still available but are filling up fast, so please don't forget to book your place now.
To view the articles and news in full simply click on the link displayed at the bottom of each article summary.
Helping birds to survive cold weather
In our last issue, we mentioned the difficulties birds face during harsh weather. Temperatures have dropped dramatically during recent weeks, and with so much snow and ice around the birds need our help more than ever. Providing a constant supply of food and ice-free water for the birds around our own homes is something that we can all do, and it can make a huge difference to their chances of survival. (Photo: Goldfinch by Shay Connolly)
See how you can help your garden birds to survive the cold spell
Redwings and Fieldfares flocking to Irish gardens
Over the past couple of weeks BirdWatch Ireland has received an unprecedented number of phone calls and emails about unusual "thrush-like birds" foraging in gardens and on roadside verges. These are Redwings and Fieldfares, members of the thrush family that visit Ireland each winter. The harsh weather seems to have driven them to seek refuge closer to our homes, and numbers appear to have been boosted dramatically by refugees from the continent. (Photo: Redwing by Dick Coombes)
Learn how to identify these beautiful winter thrushes with our special guide
BirdWatch Ireland welcomes cold weather hunting ban
Following consultation both with BirdWatch Ireland and the National Association of Regional Game Councils, the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has declared a temporary closure of the hunting season for waterfowl and waders due to a long spell of freezing conditions across the State.
Read more about this important conservation measure
Volunteers needed for Shannon Callows Breeding Wader Project
BirdWatch Ireland is looking for volunteers to assist with wader reserve management work during February 2010. The work will be carried out on the Shannon Callows, near Banagher, Co. Offaly, and accommodation, tools and full training will all be provided.
More information and application details for this exciting volunteer opportunity
Wings Online Shop - Squirrel and Magpie-proof Bird Feeder
Protect your bird food and feeders from squirrels and larger birds such as Magpies. A heavy-duty reinforced metal cage surrounds the feeder which only allows the smaller birds like Blue Tits and Robins to access the food. A heavy metal base and lid further prevents squirrels from gnawing their way into the feeder.
Available from the Wings online shop for 40 euro: a wide range of other bird feeders is also available
I know that we've been asking for your help a lot recently, but if you are reading this and are not already a BirdWatch Ireland member, perhaps you might consider joining us today. All proceeds go to support our conservation work across Ireland, and BirdWatch Ireland members receive our quarterly Wings magazine, as well as a special membership pack and gift and 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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