Save Ireland’s Farm Birds – Farmland Birds Appeal
The birds that rely on Ireland’s farmlands for their survival are in serious trouble. Formerly abundant species, such as Skylark, Corncrake, Curlew, Yellowhammer, Twite, Barn Owl, Whinchat and Lapwing, are declining fast, and in some cases are now completely absent from vast swathes of land that were once firm strongholds. Even some common birds, such as Kestrel, are showing declines.
Our countryside is bereft of so much of the wildlife it once supported. For example, when is the last time you had to wipe the insects from your windscreen after a drive in the countryside? Agricultural intensification, hedgerow destruction, climate change, the devastation of insect populations due to overuse of pesticides – all are playing a role in the disappearance of our farmland birds and biodiversity.
To compound the problems that our farmland birds face, they must also contend with powerful vested interests that, time and again, chip away at rural biodiversity.
This is where you come in. We need your help to fight on behalf of these vulnerable species, and the habitats upon which they depend. With your backing, we can work to turn the tide and help to ensure that farmland birds in Ireland can have a future after all. That is why we are counting on you to donate to our Farmland Birds Appeal.