Issue 86, November 2016
Welcome to the November 2016 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland's email newsletter.
With Christmas just around the corner, this is the ideal time to give a shameless plug for our BirdWatch Ireland online shop. It is a great source of Christmas gift ideas, with lots to choose from for the nature-lover in your life. You can shop securely online 24 hours a day or, if you prefer (or if you would like to get some personalised recommendations), you can give us a call on 01-2819878. Remember that by buying from BirdWatch Ireland you are helping to support our vital conservation work, which is a nice Christmas bonus both for you and for Ireland's wildlife.

If you ask me, the best Christmas gift of all is BirdWatch Ireland membership. Members receive a welcome pack, 4 issues of our print magazine Wings throughout the 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 take out a gift membership online, or, again, you can simply ring us on 01-2819878.

If you are not already a BirdWatch Ireland member yourself, perhaps you could drop some hints to your nearest and dearest that you would like them to give you the gift of membership for Christmas. You'll be glad you did!
To view the articles and news below in full, simply click on the link displayed at the bottom of each summary.
Garden Bird Survey: help us to keep track of Ireland's garden birds
BirdWatch Ireland's most popular public-participation survey is, without doubt, our annual Garden Bird Survey. Each winter, thousands of people all across Ireland help us by recording the bird species which visit their gardens over a 13-week period. This valuable information tells us a great deal about the fortunes of our garden bird populations, as well as their responses to challenges such as bad weather, lack of food and climate change.

This winter's survey will begin on Monday 5th December. It would be wonderful if as many eWings readers as possible could take part. It is very simple, great fun and an ideal way to learn more about the birds which visit your garden. It is especially good for helping children to develop an interest in wildlife. A word of warning, though: it can become highly addictive! (Photo: Blue Tit by Kevin Murphy)
See how to take part in our Garden Bird Survey, either online or by printing our form
Task force to be established in an effort to save Ireland's Curlews
A task force of key stakeholders is to be set up immediately to protect the Curlew, one of Ireland's most threatened breeding bird species. This was one of the main actions which arose out of the Curlew in Crisis workshop, which took place in Co. Westmeath on Friday 4th November. The workshop brought together almost 100 scientists and conservationists from across Ireland and the UK to discuss the crisis facing breeding Curlew in Ireland. Results from a survey funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service over the last two years show that just 130 breeding pairs of this bird remain in the Republic of Ireland and that the species is facing extinction here within the next 10 years if emergency action is not taken. (Photo: Curlew by Richard Mills)
Learn more about the Curlew task force and the recently-held Curlew in Crisis workshop
Hawke Nature Camera: offering you a new view on the natural world
Now here's a very special Christmas gift idea for any nature enthusiasts you may know. The superb Hawke Nature Camera is designed to capture both video and still photographs of wildlife remotely, using a motion sensor. It can be affixed to a tree or post and left in place to take images of animals that would otherwise be scared away by the presence of a photographer, and it works equally well during the day and the night. Finally, a chance to see what's really going on out there without disturbing nature!
Buy the Hawke Nature Camera from the BirdWatch Ireland shop for just €190, plus P&P
The Breathing Burren: win a copy of this fantastic new book
Gordon D'Arcy has spent over 30 years observing the landscape of The Burren. Now he celebrates the flora, fauna and people of this unique region with stories from his diaries and original watercolours that convey a rich affection and intimacy in The Breathing Burren, a superb new publication from The Collins Press.

We have a copy of this fantastic book to give away to a lucky eWings reader. To be in with a chance of winning, please email us using this link with the answer to the following question: In what Irish county is the Burren located?

The closing date for entries is Friday 9th December 2016. Please note that this competition is open to current BirdWatch Ireland members only. If you are not currently a member of ours, why not join now? - then you can enter the competition!
The Breathing Burren is available now from the BirdWatch Ireland shop for €25, plus P&P
Will Ireland's hands-off approach to multi-annual fish plans backfire?
Fishing communities, the fishing sector and marine wildlife depend on marine ecosystems that support healthy fish stocks. Multi-Annual Plans (MAPs) are the vehicle to deliver European Common Fisheries Policy objectives to restore and maintain populations of harvested fish species above levels which can produce Maximum Sustainable Yield.

The participation of all EU fishing nations in the decision-making process of MAPs is vital if MAPs are to deliver on promises of supporting a sustainable future for fish and the fishing industry. With Ireland taking a back seat in current negotiations regarding the North Sea MAP and recent negotations on the Baltic MAP, this stance, as a proud fishing nation, is one which is currently leaving us without a voice at the negotiating table. (Photo: Cormorant by Colum Clarke)
Read BirdWatch Ireland's Marine Policy Blog post on why Ireland needs to play its part
BirdWatch Ireland is looking to recruit a part-time Policy Officer
Would you like to help BirdWatch Ireland advocate for birds, their habitats and biodiversity? We are seeking a suitably experienced person to join our Policy and Advocacy team in the role of Policy Officer to further this work.

This part-time position is for 3 days per week, to run for 5 months to the end of May 2017. The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Wednesday 7th December 2016
Click for full details of this Policy Officer position with BirdWatch Ireland and to download an application form
Temperatures have dropped in recent days, and as winter progresses and the weather gets colder you will probably notice a significant increase in the number of birds visiting your garden. Providing food and water for your garden birds can make a real difference to their survival, and it's also a great way to watch them at close quarters and to learn more about them.

If this is something that you would like to do, please have a look at our special BirdWatch Ireland bird-feeding factsheet for some handy tips and advice. BirdWatch Ireland also stocks a wide range of high quality bird food and feeders that we can deliver anywhere in Ireland. Remember that all proceeds from our shop sales go to support our conservation work, so when you buy from us you are really helping the birds twice.

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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