Issue 72, September 2015
Welcome to the Sept. 2015 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
In last month's edition of eWings we mentioned that our BirdWatch Ireland 2016 Calendar was on the way. Well, we are happy to announce that it is now available. Featuring some of the stunning photos entered into our recent Wildlife in Ireland photography competition, it makes a perfect gift for anyone with an interest in Irish nature. What's more, all the proceeds from sales of the calendar will go to help support BirdWatch Ireland's vital conservation work. The 2016 calendar is now available from the BirdWatch Ireland online shop for just €6.00, plus P&P.

If you haven't already done so, we would also love to persuade you to become a member of BirdWatch Ireland. Membership runs for 12 months, and all members receive a new issue of Wings, our 36-page magazine, in the post every quarter, along with a set of bird identification posters, details of our conservation work, access to our national network of nature reserves and the opportunity to attend over 450 free BirdWatch Ireland Branch events around the country each year. As a conservation charity, your support would make a real difference to our work.
To view the articles and news in full simply click on the link displayed at the bottom of each article summary.
Ireland buzzing as 68 organisations come together to save pollinators
Sixty-eight governmental and non-governmental organisations, including BirdWatch Ireland, have agreed a shared plan of action to tackle pollinator decline and make Ireland a place where pollinating insects can survive and thrive. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 makes Ireland one of the first countries in Europe with a strategy to address pollinator decline and protect pollination services. The initiative has generated huge support and has culminated in agreement to deliver 81 actions to make Ireland more pollinator friendly. (Photo: Mountain Bumblebee by Steven Falk)
Learn more about the new All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and why it is so important
Cape Clear Bird Observatory Consultation: share your thoughts
BirdWatch Ireland is currently undertaking a review of the Cape Clear Bird Observatory and is seeking your views. This consultation aims to cover all aspects of the observatory's functions, from birdwatching, monitoring and ringing through to seeking views on additional opportunities for education and promotion of BirdWatch Ireland. We would be grateful if you would complete the questionnaire by clicking below and/or pass it on to anybody else who may be interested. It will be open until Friday 30th October.
Click here to complete our online Cape Clear Bird Observatory questionnaire
I-WeBS News - learn more about this fascinating project
The Irish Wetland Bird Survey (or I-WeBS for short) is a survey aimed at monitoring Ireland's non-breeding populations of wildfowl, waders and other waterbirds, as well as the habitats and sites upon which they depend. Run by BirdWatch Ireland, with funding from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, it's one of the most important surveys we do. The latest issue of our dedicated newsletter, I-WeBS News, is out now and is well worth a look if you would like to know more about the survey and some of its latest findings.
Click here to download the 2015-16 edition of I-WeBS News (PDF: 1.8MB)
Don't Die in Autumn and other great new Irish wildlife books in stock
Don't Die in Autumn is the intriguing title of the newly-published memoir from acclaimed author, broadcaster and guide Eric Dempsey. Charting key moments in his life and how birds changed him, this book, at times sad, at times laugh-out-loud funny, is a highly recommended read. Available now from our online shop for just €16.99, plus P&P.

BirdWatch Ireland also carries a wide selection of other excellent natural history books, including a special Irish interest section.
Check out the full range of great books in stock at BirdWatch Ireland's online shop
Help BirdWatch Ireland by "birdwatching" in Dublin Bay this winter
The Dublin Bay Birds Project has just moved into its third year of fieldwork. Over the past two years the project has been gathering vital information on the numbers, activities and movements of a whole host of waterbirds using the bay. A large and vital part of the project are the colour-ringing and re-sighting elements of the study. With just under 400 birds caught and ringed with individually-inscribed colour rings the project team wants your help re-sighting them in the months ahead. (Photo: Colour-ringed Redshank by John Fox).
Join us on 17th October at Bull Island, Dublin for our fun ring-reading day: click for details
Job opportunity: RBAPS Breeding Wader Project Officer (Maternity Cover)
BirdWatch Ireland is looking for a suitably qualified person to provide maternity cover (November 2015 to June 2016) for the Results Based Agri-Environment Payments Scheme (RBAPS) Shannon Callows Breeding Wader Project Officer. The main place of work will be Banagher, Co. Offaly.

During the period of maternity cover, the successful applicant will assist with the implementation and delivery of wader specific RBAPS plans; provide advice to participating farmers and monitor numbers of breeding birds. They may also oversee selected habitat management works at some sites.

The relevant person will have experience of national Agri-Environment Schemes (REPS, AEOS and NPWS Farm Plan Scheme) and ideally have some experience of results based schemes; carrying out breeding wader surveys; managing land for breeding waders; dealing with landowners and data collation and report writing.

The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Thursday 8th October 2015. The application form is available for download here (DOC: 110KB).
Click here to download the job description, terms and conditions for this maternity cover position (PDF: 463KB)
October is one of the very best months to visit Cape Clear Island, off the West Cork coast, to see migrating birds including, with a bit of luck, some rare vagrants. Following the completion of harbour renovation works, BirdWatch Ireland's Cape Clear Bird Observatory is once again open for accomodation on the island. We still have some availablity for the latter half of October, including for the Bank Holiday Weekend. Accomodation in the observatory costs just €22 per person, per night. If you would like to make a booking or would like some more information, please just give us a call on 01-2819878 or send us an email.

One last thing: BirdWatch Ireland is seeking a suitably qualified person to join our team as a intern providing policy, communications and admin support. The post is an unsalaried internship position and will operate on a part-time basis. The successful applicant would stand to gain experience in communicating the importance of nature conservation in Ireland and would work with a range of stakeholders including BirdWatch Ireland supporters and branches, as well as engaging with a range of sectors with a role to play in bird conservation. Full details of what the position involves and how you can apply are available for download here (PDF: 365KB).

Yours sincerely,
Niall Hatch, Development Officer
BirdWatch Ireland
Unit 20, Block D
Bullford Business Campus
Co. Wicklow
A63 RW83
Tel: (+353)-(0)1-2819878

BirdWatch Ireland is the trading name of the Irish Wildbird Conservancy, a company limited by guarantee and registered in Ireland, no. 116468. Registered Charity no. 5703.
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