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

  • Ireland’s dabbling ducks: our beginners’ guide to this fascinating group of birds, by Niall Hatch.
  • Spring Diary: Dick Coombes highlights some of the key birds to watch out for over the coming months.
  • The making of ‘In Your Nature’: get the inside scoop on BirdWatch Ireland’s popular podcast.
  • Should I stay or should I go: Tara Adcock investigates how Oystercatchers’ migration patterns are set.
  • The fight for the bumblebee: Karina Dingerkus fills us in on BirdWatch Ireland’s work to save one of Ireland’s rarest insects, the Great Yellow Bumblebee.
  • Mariona Sardá reports on the latest efforts to identify important areas for gulls through the use of tracking devices.
  • BirdWatch Ireland CEO Linda Lennon reports on her visit to witness the superb conservation work underway on Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim.
  • Trees planted in inappropriate places: Oonagh Duggan explains how a new plan for afforestation could be the death knell for threatened farmland birds.
  • Waders on the shore, a John Murphy photo gallery.
  • Do we really know our sparrows?: Cóilín MacLochlainn delves into the fascinating habits and behaviours of the House Sparrow, a species that often tends to be taken for granted.
  • Ringing Tales – Black-headed Gulls: Brian Burke reports on his gull-ringing project on Lough Ree in the midlands.
  • Saving Barn Owls: our Tipperary Branch reports on a great conservation success story.
  • 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.
  • The Bird Name Book: we bring you an exclusive extract from this fantastic publication by Susan Myers, published by Princeton University Press, which explores the history of English-language bird names.
  • Stephen McAvoy on the Rare Bird News from last autumn
  • A tribute to the late John Temple Lang, one of the founding members of BirdWatch Ireland.
  • Win a copy of the brand-new edition of Irish Birds, David Cabot’s popular book, in our crossword competition.
  • Plus lots, lots more!

Wings – Number 107 – Spring 2023

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