Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

See the tabs below for answers to some frequently asked questions on garden birds, baby birds, magpies and avian influenza. Also included are some common questions in relation to accessing your membership account.

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How do I access My Account if I am existing Member and I don’t have an email address?

If you are an existing member, or recent member, and you wish to access your account but don’t have an email address – no problem, just contact us and we will locate your new membership number. To assist members who do not have an email address, we have assigned a notional birdwatchireland.ie address. You can update this at any time in My Account. Please check with us before creating a new account.

How do I access My Account?

Click on My Account on the top right hand of any page to login and access your account. If you are a current or recent member enter your new membership number or your email address to access your account.

How to I find my membership status?

To find your membership status login to My Account and click on the Membership tab. If your membership has expired then you can click on the Renew button. You can also opt to automatically renew at your next membership renewal date.

Is my web shop account the same as my membership account?

Yes. Your membership and shop account is under one combined account. You can see your My Account transaction history at any time in the Transactions tab. This will show all webshop purchases, membership renewals and donations.

Is my web shop account the same as on the old website?

No. As we have assigned new membership numbers for the new website your account and login details from our old webshop have not been transferred.

What do I do if I don’t know or have forgotten my password?

To recover your password simply visit the lost password page and enter your email address. The system will automatically send on password reset/recovery instructions.

Garden Birds

Do I have to turn my garden into a wilderness to make it good for birds?

The best shrubs to provide berries for birds are pyracanthas (not the yellow-berried varieties), berberis, elder, ivy, and female varieties of holly.

How can I encourage birds to nest in my garden?

The best trees are the ones that produce berries or seeds, as these will provide natural foods for them in autumn and winter, as well as shelter and shade all year round.  If you have a large garden you can have a mix of trees, such as maples, and most conifers, and native species.  If you have a small garden with only room for one tree, consider a rowan, crab apple, small weeping birch, or native hawthorn.

Is it ok to feed birds during the summer?

The best trees are the ones that produce berries or seeds, as these will provide natural foods for them in autumn and winter, as well as shelter and shade all year round.  If you have a large garden you can have a mix of trees, such as maples, and most conifers, and native species.  If you have a small garden with only room for one tree, consider a rowan, crab apple, small weeping birch, or native hawthorn.

Which are the best shrubs to plant for the birds?

The best shrubs to provide berries for birds are pyracanthas (not the yellow-berried varieties), berberis, elder, ivy, and female varieties of holly.

Which are the best trees to plant for birds?

While winter is the most important time to provide food for birds, it is not a problem to feed them throughout the rest of the year too, if you wish.  If you do, make sure that you never leave out whole nuts, as baby birds often choke on these: always use a fine wire mesh feeder that has been designed to allow birds to feed on peanuts safely.

Baby Birds

What do I do if I find a sick or injured bird?

It should be kept in mind that the majority of baby birds found outside the nest are not in distress or in need of help. It is not unusual for a baby bird to leave the nest before it is fully capable of flight. For more information – Click Here.