Issue 82, July 2016
Welcome to the July 2016 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
There has been a lot of discussion in the media lately about hedge-cutting. BirdWatch Ireland would like to remind the public that hedge-cutting is NOT permitted between 1st March and 31st August inclusive,unless any of the derogations permitted under Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 happen to apply.

The proposed changes to this section of the Wildlife Act failed to be passed by the Oireachtas earlier this year; therefore, there have been NO changes to the dates when hedge-cutting or upland burning are permitted. Please click here to read BirdWatch Ireland's full press release on this matter.

For more information about how important our hedgerows and uplands are for birds and other wildlife, as well as about the proposed changes to the law, please click here.
To view the articles and news in full simply click on the link displayed at the bottom of each article summary.
New Dublin Bay Biosphere video launches
On 12th July, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, launched a lovely new video, created to showcase what makes Dublin Bay so special. The video was made by members of Comhairle na nÓg to highlight the importance of promoting and protecting Dublin Bay and its surrounds. In 2015, this area was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere, reflecting its significant environmental, economic, cultural and tourism importance. Dublin Bay Biosphere is the only UNESCO Biosphere actually located in a European capital city.

BirdWatch Ireland is proud to partner with Dublin City Council in an annual programme of public events to celebrate the Dublin Bay Biosphere and to highlight its importance for wildlife. Keep an eye out for BirdWatch Ireland's very own Jamie Durrant in the video!
Watch Comhairle na nÓg's video and learn more about the Dublin Bay Biosphere
Family Wildlife Discovery Day at Cabragh Wetlands, Co. Tipperary
BirdWatch Ireland, in partnership with the Tipperary Heritage Office, will be hosting a Family Wildlife Discovery Day at Cabragh Wetlands, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary, taking place on Wednesday 3rd August between 10:30am and 3:30pm. It is completely free, and we hope lots of families will visit to learn about birds and wildlife and have some fun in the process. Families can get involved in wildlife-themed games, crafts and mini adventures, like wildlife bingo, dragonfly crafts and pond-dipping, to name a few. The Tea Rooms at the Cabragh Wetlands Centre will be open on the day and there will be plenty of free parking.
For more information on this fun free family event, please click here (PDF: 139KB)
Introducing the Kew Wildlife Care Collection: now in stock
Produced by CJ Wildlife in collaboration with Kew botanic gardens, a world leader in plant science and conservation, the new Kew Wildlife Care Collection is a high-quality and highly dependible line of bird-care products, perfect for any garden. A wide range of products from this new collection is now in stock in the BirdWatch Ireland shop. Remember, when you buy birdfood and other bird-care products from BirdWatch Ireland, you are helping to support our vital Irish conservation work.
Browse the BirdWatch Ireland online shop's full Kew Wildlife Care Collection range
New NGO report reveals that Irish agriculture policy is "Not So Green"
Stop Climate Chaos and the Environmental Pillar, two NGO coalitions of which BirdWatch Ireland is a member, have published a new report titled Not So Green: Debunking the Myths around Irish Agriculture. It challenges Irish Government and industry claims and shows that Ireland's current agriculture and land-use policy is neither 'climate-smart' nor sustainable, that Irish cattle are less climate-efficient than the European average and that emissions per head are up from 1990 levels.
Learn more about the conclusions of the NGO groups' landmark Not So Green report
International shorebird conference comes to Co. Cork this autumn!
BirdWatch Ireland is organising the International Wader Study Group Conference in Ireland this autumn, from 9th to 12th September. Hosted at Trabolgan Holiday Village on the edge of Cork Harbour, it will bring together shorebird scientists, as well as students, amateurs, policy makers and anyone interested in shorebird science and conservation, to discuss and disseminate information and ideas. The conference is kindly sponsored by the EPA, with support from Fáilte Ireland. (Photo: Oystercatcher by Michael Finn)
Learn more about the International Wader Study Group Conference and book your place
Lifelong Learning through Nature "multiplier event" for educators held in Dublin Zoo
On 6th July, BirdWatch Ireland held a special "mulitiplier event" for education professionals at Dublin Zoo. This was part of the Lifelong Learning through Nature education project, which is funded through the European Commission's Erasmus programme.

At this event, 59 primary school teachers and specialist education experts were presented with the results of a study conducted by the University of Malta, highlighting the importance to young people of nature-based and outdoor learning. They also helped to trial the new Lifelong Learning through Nature materials and activities which BirdWatch Ireland is currently preparing for educators based in Ireland.
Learn more about our Lifelong Learning through Nature education work and our Dublin multiplier event
A quick reminder that Dick Coombes will once again this autumn be leading his popular From Seabirds to Songbirds birdwatching course at BirdWatch Ireland's Bird Observatory on Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork.

This year's course will run from 12th to 16th September and will cost €195 per person. It will offer a fascinating insight into the world of migration, bird identification and the joys of watching seabirds, all delivered with Dick's famous enthusiasm and humour.

Accommodation will be available at the Observatory during the course at a cost of €22 per person, per night. For more information and booking details, please visit the Cape Clear Courses section of our website or give us a call on 01-2819878.

See you again next month,

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

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