Issue 61, October 2014
Welcome to the October 2014 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
It's late October, so I suppose it's not too early to ask - have you bought your Christmas cards yet? BirdWatch Ireland's new "Robin in Snow" card might be just what you're looking for: a pack of 10 costs €5.00. We also have packs of our smaller-sized "Frost and Snow" range of cards in stock: a pack of 12 cards costs €5.00. Best of all, by buying your cards from BirdWatch Ireland you'll be helping to support our vital conservation work.

Also hot off the presses is the new 2015 BirdWatch Ireland Calendar. Featuring superb images from some of Ireland's finest wildlife photographers, it makes the perfect gift for the nature-lovers in your life.
To view the articles and news in full simply click on the link displayed at the bottom of each article summary.
Bird Atlas team scoops RSPB's most prestigious award
The RSPB Medal, the Society's most prestigious award, recognising outstanding contribution to the cause of wild bird protection and countryside conservation, has been awarded to the team behind the Bird Atlas 2007-11, including BirdWatch Ireland's own Brian Caffrey (pictured left, with RSPB President Miranda Krestovnikoff). The award recognises the very special partnership between the British Trust for Ornithology, BirdWatch Ireland and the Scottish Ornithologists' Club which led to the publication of this landmark book. If you have yet to purchase it, copies of Bird Atlas 2007-11 are still available from the BirdWatch Ireland online shop: don't miss out!
Read more about the award of the RSPB Medal to the Bird Atlas 2007-11 team
Lifelong Learning through Nature: our exciting new education project
BirdWatch Ireland is delighted to be one of the partners in Lifelong Learning through Nature (LLN), a new 3-year international educational project funded by Erasmus+. Led by our colleagues in BirdLife Malta, the partnership also includes OTOP (BirdLife in Poland), RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and the Maltese Ministry for Education and Employment. LLN is designed to focus on the importance of allowing children the opportunity to connect with nature, to find out about the world around them, and to and to learn outdoors.
Learn more about LLN and what it will mean for BirdWatch Ireland's work with children
Monitoring impacts of road networks on Barn Owls
There is growing concern about the number of Barn Owls being killed on Irish roads, with over 120 casualties being recorded in just the past 5 years. With funding from Kerry County Council and the National Roads Authority, BirdWatch Ireland has been studying the impact of the Tralee bypass on the local Barn Owl population. We aim to recommend mitigation measures that we hope will reduce the risk to this threatened species in Kerry and elsewhere. (Photo: Dead Barn Owl on a road in Co. Kerry by Ed Carty)
Learn more about the impact of road developments on Ireland's Barn Owl population
Opticron Adventurer WP 8x42 binoculars: exceptional value at €100
A good pair of binoculars is perhaps the most important tool that a nature enthusiast can have. There is a confusing range of different manufacturers, models and specification on the market, and choosing the ideal starting pair can be an ordeal. Allow us to remove all the hassle: we highly recommend the Opticron Adventurer WP 8x42 binoculars, which offer exceptional performance and value for money. Fully waterproof and finished in quality rubber armour, these binoculars are well balanced in the hand and offer bright, clear images with full field of view for spectacle-wearers: perfect for bird- and nature-watching.
Buy the Adventurer WP 8x42 binoculars from BirdWatch Ireland for just €100, plus P&P
Shutterbugs: new children's nature photography series on RTÉjr
Shutterbugs is a new ten part series currently showing on RTÉ and RTÉjr in which young children learn about Ireland's wildlife and the natural world, through exploring wild places, photography and adventure! In each episode a team of two young people head into the countryside to learn about Irish wildlife and are set a challenge to try and photograph one particular animal. The series is presented by BirdWatch Ireland's very own John Lusby, who guides the teams along the way. Wildlife fun for all the family!
All of the recent Shutterbugs episodes can be viewed on demand online on the RTÉ Player
Bird Atlas 2007-11 goes digital!
Two great new Bird Atlas 2007-11 products have just been released. The first is an eBook of the printed version, both in Kindle and iBook formats, priced at €35.99. The other is an Atlas inApp, which can be purchased for €2.69 and is part of the highly acclaimed and recently released Collins Bird Guide App (only available for iPad and iPhone at present) priced at €15.99. If you order either of these new products through the BTO shop link below, BirdWatch Ireland, as the Irish project partner, will receive an affiliation fee from Amazon and Apple.
Click here to purchase either of these exciting new Bird Atlas 2007-11 products and benefit BirdWatch Ireland
Please, if you haven't already done so, join BirdWatch Ireland today. Members receive a welcome pack, 4 issues of our print magazine Wings each year (plus our Bird Detectives kids' magazine for family and junior members) and a special free gift, as well access to hundreds of free events all over Ireland. You can join online via our secure web shop, or if you prefer you can always give us a call on 01-2819878 instead. If you are already a member, don't forget that membership also makes a great gift for friends and family.

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 which then goes to fund our conservation work. We would also encourage existing members to switch over to direct debit payment: simply email to request a direct debit payment form from us. It genuinely makes a big difference for us.

One last thing: don't forget to like the BirdWatch Ireland Facebook page and follow BirdWatch Ireland on Twitter.

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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