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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…


CBS kicks off its 22nd season!

BirdWatch Ireland’s Countryside Bird Survey (CBS) is starting again for another year, monitoring common and widespread breeding birds across the Irish countryside. From the survey coordinator, Dick Coombes: “The 1st…

Garden Birds

Starling murmurations cause great excitement in Co. Meath

Starling murmurations have been generating great excitement amongst spectators in Meath over the past couple of weeks. Great flocks of starlings numbering in the 10’s of thousands have been putting…


I-WeBS Twenty-five years… and counting

What an interesting year it has been since our last newsletter. From snowdrifts to drought, Ireland has seen it all over the past twelve months. Extreme weather patterns were also...