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Rockabill 2019 – One week down, plenty to go!

We’ve finished our first week out here on Rockabill and it certainly did not disappoint. From Storm Hannah to the arrival of the Common Terns, it’s been an interesting week….


BirdWatch Ireland Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Initially set up as the Irish Wild Bird Conservancy or IWC in 1968. BirdWatch Ireland as it is now known has gone from strength to strength over it's 50 years...

Welcome to our new website

Welcome to the new BirdWatch Ireland website. Our new site includes a host of new content including: Latest News and Events List of Ireland’s birds including Status, Identification and Maps…

Marine Blog

North Sea Cod

A red herring for EU fisheries? The sustainable certification of North Sea cod must be seen as an endorsement of the Common Fisheries Policy, not an excuse to ignore the...
Marine Blog

The Landing Obligation

Time is running out for wasteful fishing practices in Europe. Fintan Kelly, Policy Officer with BirdWatch Ireland gives his opinion on why more needs to be done to end the...
Marine Blog

Deep-Sea Campaign

Deep-sea fish - out of sight, not out of mind. Over the course of 2019 BirdWatch Ireland ran a campaign to urge EU decision makers to end overfishing in the...
Marine Blog

Overfishing to continue in 2019

Minsiter Creed misses out on making history by contuning to allow overfishing. As the annual AGRIFISH December Council meeting closed this morning in Brussels, Irish campaigners accuse EU fisheries ministers...

Ireland’s Wintering Waterbirds down by 40% in 20 years

Wading bird species, including Knot, Dunlin, Golden Plover and Redshank, have been the worst hit, suffering a combined loss of over 100,000 individuals (19%) over the past five years. Wildfowl,…


Early migrants add spice to first CBS visits

Dick Coombes, coordinator of the Countryside Bird Survey (CBS), describes the sites and sounds of the Irish countryside in spring: “One of the joys of carrying out your first CBS…