Issue 59, August 2014
Welcome to the August 2014 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
As a charity, BirdWatch Ireland relies on the public for support. A great new way to help us to carry out our vital conservation work is to sign up as an official Business Supporter of BirdWatch Ireland. It's the perfect way for companies, partnerships and other businesses to provide financial and moral support for Ireland's leading environmental NGO. At the same time, it provides a wide range of benefits for your business, your staff and your customers, and there may also be significant tax advantages.

We have just launched our new range of Business Supporter packages, which can be tailored to best suit the needs of your business, large or small. Whether you're a CEO looking for a charity to partner with, or you work for a company which shares our concern for Ireland's natural heritage, we would love to talk to you. For more information, please have a look at the new Business Supporter section on our website.
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Extract from Wings magazine: focus on Ireland's Woodcocks
The Woodcock is one of Ireland's most enigmatic and cherished waders, so the news that the species is now on the Red List of endangered birds in Ireland came as a shock to many. In an exclusive extract from the August 2014 edition of Wings, BirdWatch Ireland's quarterly members' magazine, Sinéad Cummins tells us more about this fascinating bird.

Don't forget that the only way to receive Wings is to become a BirdWatch Ireland member.
Learn more about Ireland's Woodcocks in Sinéad's exclusive Wings article (PDF: 799KB)
Jellyfish on the increase in Irish waters?
Jellyfish are very interesting creatures indeed, and there have been many reports of unusally large numbers of them in Irish coastal waters this summer. Why might this be, and what might it be telling us about the health of our marine environment? Melanie Gomes, BirdWatch Ireland's Marine and Fisheries Policy Officer, fills us in.

(Photo: Lion's Mane Jellyfish by Bernard Picton)
Learn more about jellyfish and how recent "blooms" may be tied to dwindling fish stocks
Squirrel-proof cage feeders: €18.00 from the BirdWatch Ireland shop
Do you have problems with Grey Squirrels or large birds such as Magpies, crows or pigeons monopolising your bird feeders? If so, these new, improved-design Squirrel-proof Cage Feeders are the solution you've been looking for. A metal cage surrounds the feeder, allowing only the smaller birds like Blue Tits, finches and Robins to feed.

These revolutionary new feeders are available now from the BirdWatch Ireland shop in Peanut, Seed and Fat Ball models for just €18.00 each, plus P&P.
With bird-feeding season beginning, why not check out our range of quality bird feeders?
BirdLife International announces new Chief Executive
It has been announced that Patricia Zurita (left) has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the BirdLife International Partnership. Originally from Ecuador and currently based in the United States, Patricia has a well-established background in Natural Resource Economics and Management. Currently Executive Director of the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund (CEPF) and a Vice President of Conservation International, she will begin her new role on 1 February, 2015. As the official BirdLife partner organisation in the Republic of Ireland, BirdWatch Ireland would like to congratulate Patricia most warmly on her appointment.
Read more about Patricia Zurita's appointment as BirdLife International Chief Executive
Cape Clear Island birdwatching course: "Songbirds to Seabirds"
Do you fancy a relaxing break on a West Cork island and a chance to learn about bird migration, seabirds and lots more? The beautiful island of Cape Clear lies 8 miles off Baltimore and has long been recognised as a key site for observing bird migration and the passage of thousands of seabirds each autumn. For the last 15 years, Dick Coombes has been running birdwatching courses on the island. There are still a couple of places available on his next one, entitled "Songbirds to Seabirds", which will be held from Monday 8th to Friday 12th September. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Find out more details about this exciting birdwatching course and book your place today
BirdWatch Ireland is looking for a Casework Research Intern
Have you always wanted to work in conservation but felt you didn't have the experience? Well, BirdWatch Ireland is seeking a suitably qualified person to join its Policy, Communications & People Engagement Team as an intern in casework research. Working with Ireland's leading Environmental NGO, the successful applicant would stand to gain experience working in the NGO sphere, researching casework, and inputting to the work of the Conservation Team. Supervision and instruction will be provided by the Policy Officer. The position involves addressing casework issues such as scoping queries, development applications, and assessments of EIAs and Appropriate Assessments that are relevant to or may impact upon conservation interests.

The position will run for 6 months on a part time basis (3-4 days per week, subject to negotiation) and flexible work arrangements can be considered. This is an internship position - no salary is available. The closing date for applications is Monday 1st September.
Get full details of our Casework Research Internship position and download an application form
BirdWatch Ireland's Senior Seabird Conservation Officer, Dr. Stephen Newton, will be leading a field workshop entitled "Shannon Estuary Waterbirds - identification and counting", organised by the Oiled Wildlife Response Network. It will be held in Foynes, Co. Limerick on Saturday 6th September 2014 and will consist of an outdoor session between 10:00 and 15:00, followed by an indoor wrap-up session at 15:30 that will last for approx. half an hour. The workshop is free of charge and no previous experience is necessary. For more information or to register your interest please email

BirdWatch Ireland's Annual General Meeting will be reconvened at 12:00 noon on Saturday 6th September 2014 at the Green Isle Hotel, Newlands Cross, Dublin 22. It will be immediately followed by an Extraordinary General Meeting covering BirdWatch Ireland's retail business. All current BirdWatch Ireland members are very welcome to attend.

Yours sincerely,
Niall Hatch, Development Officer
BirdWatch Ireland
Unit 20, Block D
Bullford Business Campus
Co. Wicklow
Tel: (+353)-(0)1-2819878

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