Our membership magazine


BirdWatch Ireland’s magazine for members, Wings, is published three times a year and 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

  • EU Nature Restoration Law: The European Commission’s proposed new law offers a chance to restore lost nature . . . bit will Ireland take it? Oonagh Duggan reports.
  • Summer Diary: Dick Coombes highlights some of the key birds to watch out for over the coming months.
  • Parakeet sightings on the increase: has the invasive alien Rose-ringed Parakeet become established in the wild in Ireland? Ricky Whelan investigates.
  • Saving Swifts: Tara Adcock, our Urban Birds Project Offier, explains how local communities and individuals can help to protect these threatened migrant birds.
  • The need to protect our Atlantic seafloor: Sineád Loughran, BirdWatch Ireland’s Marine Policy & Advocacy Officer, explains our calls for urgent legal protection for the areas of the North Atlantic that are most crucial for Irish-breeding seabirds.
  • How effective are Ireland’s Special Protection Areas?: Sineád Loughran reports.
  • Trees planted in inappropriate places: Oonagh Duggan explains how a new plan for afforestation could be the death knell for threatened farmland birds.
  • Our returning Swallows, an Eric Dempsey photo gallery.
  • Why not take part in our new Dublin City Raptor and River Bird surveys?: find out how.
  • Ringing Tales – tern-ringing projects: Brian Burke reports the efforts underway to track these long-distance migrant seabirds.
  • Call to remove vulnerable bird species from the quarry list: as the Irish Government opens a public consultation on the Open Seasons Order, BirdWatch Ireland is urging it to remove six highly threatened species from the list of huntable birds.
  • Ainmneacha Éanlaith Éireann: our regular Irish-language column about the origins of Irish bird names, by Fearghas MacLochlainn.
  • Branching Out: our regular round-up of the activities of BirdWatch Ireland’s volunteer-led branches around the country.
  • Wild Waters: we bring you an exclusive extract from this fantastic new book by Richard Nairn, published by Gill Books, which explores the magic of Ireland’s rivers and lakes.
  • Stephen McAvoy on the Rare Bird News from last winter
  • We review the new edition of the Collins Bird Guide, the most hotly anticipated field guide of the year.
  • Win a beautiful limited-edition wildlife photo by Eric Dempsey in our crossword competition.
  • Plus lots, lots more!

Wings – Number 108 – Summer 2023

Become a member

Please login to 'My Account' as this content is restricted to Members or Key Members only. Not a Member? Join us to access our extensive publications archive in addition to a host of other benefits and help us to protect birds and biodiversity.
Become a member

Join Us

Become a member and receive our membership magazine, Wings, access our on-line archive and enjoy a host of other benefits. Join today and help us to protect birds and biodiversity.

Become a Member