We are the largest independent conservation organisation in Ireland. The primary objective of BirdWatch Ireland is the protection of wild birds and their habitats in Ireland. From our boardroom to our staff and our branches, we are passionate about what we do.
Our people and what we do
fighting to protect Ireland's birds
What We Do
In order to fulfil our motto of protecting birds & biodiversity we:
– Carry out extensive scientific research and survey work into Ireland’s birds
– Operate applied conservation projects and manage a network of reserves nationwide
– Prepare and advocate policies to protect and conserve Irish birds and their habitats
– Promote the importance of wild birds and biodiversity through field education, dedicated media and to the national media.
– Build on existing partnerships with NGOs, with Government departments, the European Commission and farming organisations, and to establish new partnerships with other sectors
Much of our work depends on volunteers and on our branches who are actively involved in survey, education and awareness-raising initiatives and are most familiar with local conservation issues. We take part in a number of Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) forums, such as the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN), Environmental (Ecological) NGOs Core Funding Ltd (EENGO), Working and Educating for Biodiversity (WEB) and the Irish Uplands Forum (IUF).
BirdWatch Ireland is the trading name of the Irish Wildbird Conservancy, a company limited by guarantee. It is also a registered charity.
Our staff are based all around the country, working on species-focused conservation projects, managing reserves for at-risk species, coordinating scientific surveys and engaging the public and politicians to make positive choices for nature. The BirdWatch Ireland team comes from a range of backgrounds and our staff has a diversity of expertise and experience.
BirdWatch Ireland has 21 branches all over the country, including a location near you! Our branches run regular talks and outings throughout the year, which are free and open to all age groups, members and non-members, beginners and experts alike. Find a branch near you and get involved!
BirdWatch Ireland is the Republic of Ireland partner of BirdLife International, a partnership of over 100 bird conservation organisations across the globe. As a global and European partnership, BirdLife International influences decision-making processes through lobbying and production of robust information and policy material. We also work in partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in Northern Ireland to take an all-Ireland approach to conserving priority species.
Irish Environmental Network
BirdWatch Ireland is a member of, and receives funding from, the Irish Environmental Network. The IEN is a network of nationally active Irish Environmental NGOs who represent a broad range of environmental issues including everything from wildlife conservation to climate change.
BirdWatch Ireland is a registered charity established to protect birds and biodiversity. In carrying out all aspects of our work we aspire to the highest standards of governance and comply with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland and meet the requirements set out in the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.
BirdWatch Ireland Shop
Visit our shop to for all of your bird care needs, including feeders, birdfood and nestboxes, as well as a wide variety of books, optical equipment including binoculars and telescopes, and even a range of t-shirts featuring your favourite Irish birds! By purchasing from our shop you’re helping support and fund our vital conservation work across the country.