Our quarterly member's magazine


Our quarterly members magazine, Wings, is packed full of news and information including regular features such as:

  • Latest News
  • Site Guides
  • Species Features
  • Photo Galleries
  • Events and Branch Information
  • Reviews
  • Rare Bird News

In the current issue

  • A beginners’ guide to Ireland’s falcons, by Niall Hatch.
  • Irish Wildlife Sounds: naturalist and birdsong expert Seán Ronayne explores the fascinating world of vocal mimicry in birds.
  • In his Autumn Diary, Dick Coombes reports on the birds to look out for during the upcoming season.
  • Are parakeets becoming a problem? Ricky Whelan and Niall Keogh investigate Ring-necked Parakeets, now confirmed to be breeding in the wild in Ireland.
  • Birds Connect: Andrew Lynch introduces us to BirdWatch Ireland’s latest project, which is aimed at fostering inclusion and diversity and helping marginalised groups become more aware of Ireland’s wildlife.
  • Ireland’s CAP Strategic Plan, by Oonagh Duggan.
  • Ireland’s Dragonflies and Damselflies, a Malcolm McCamley photo gallery.
  • Ringing tales: Manx Shearwaters –  Brian Burke and Kes Armstrong fill us in on the long-running programme of ringing these oceanic wanderers at Copeland Bird Observatory in Co. Down.
  • Dave Suddaby, BirdWatch Ireland’s Reserves Manager, explains how our Co. Mayo nature reserves have become a haven for one of Ireland’s rarest insects, the Great Yellow Bumblebee.
  • Stephen Newton and Helen Boland fill us in on the fortunes of our east coast tern colonies during the 2021 breeding season.
  • Ainmneacha Éanlaith Éireann: our regular Irish-language column about the origins of Irish bird names, by Fearghas MacLochlainn.
  • How automated sound recording devices are helping to uncover the presence of rare birds, by Seán Ronayne.
  • Stephen McAvoy on the Rare Bird News from the past spring.
  • Tips and tricks for identifying waterbirds this autumn and winter, by Niamh Fitzgerald.
  • Plus lots, lots more!

Wings – Number 102 – Autumn 2021

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