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Friday 8 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# birdwatch ireland

Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Damage to electricity poles by woodpeckers led to 'substantial' upgrades this year
ESB Networks said the issue has emerged in certain parts of the country with the arrival of the birds.
This year
Puffins leaving Skellig Michael a few days early 'not a cause for concern'
The National Parks and Wildlife Service said it does not yet know the reason for the earlier departure.
Last year
Charities Regulator identifies several financial oversight failings at Birdwatch Ireland
The regulator was informed of concerns at the charity in 2019.
BirdWatch Ireland raises concern over cases of avian flu among wild seabirds
The National Parks and Wildlife Service said that the H5N1 avian flu subtype was currently spreading among seabirds.
€17 million needed to save Ireland’s most threatened birds says BirdWatch Ireland
The organisation says that several ground nesting birds are at risk of extinction without funding for conservation schemes.
BirdWatch Ireland calls for reports of invasive parrot species after sightings in Dublin park
The birds have been spotted in Griffith Park in Drumcondra.
All time
Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating - and we're missing the chance to halt it
A report by
Niall Sargent
Noteworthy reveals virtually no protected sites have management plans and Ireland is moving further away from a target for effective nature conservation.
A host of iconic Irish species and habitats are under threat, writes Niall Sargent in first part of Noteworthy's investigation into biodiversity loss
Virtually none of our protected nature areas have management plans
An expert forum has labelled the State as the “biggest transgressor of environmental law in Ireland”
Regulator appoints inspectors to investigate BirdWatch Ireland
The charities regulator said a statutory investigation was warranted after a number of concerns were raised.
Almost 50% increase in Irish birds on endangered list following 'alarming' population declines
One in four birds is now on the so-called red list.
A spike in seagulls? Locals in Dublin have concerns but experts say lockdown isn't to blame
The seagull population of Dublin is now at its peak.
Conservationists slam 'horrific and illegal' mass poisoning of buzzards in Co Cork
BirdWatch Ireland said that 23 dead buzzards were recovered near Timoleague last December.
Ireland's Curlew population is 'on brink of extinction', warn conservationists
The current Curlew population stands at just 138 pairs.
Nesting boxes for swifts being installed at revamped Leinster House
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said the boxes will help protect the threatened species of bird.
Irish bird numbers 'dramatically' declining with some species facing extinction
The warning comes from BirdWatch Ireland, with agriculture and climate change blamed.
Gannets on Little Skellig are using plastic to build their nests
Use of plastic by the 70,000 or so gannets in the colony has “become obvious”.
Concern after 15 swans killed by power lines in Co Donegal
At least 15 of the migratory birds have died at power lines in Carrigans in the northern county in recent times.
Irish people reporting sightings of hummingbirds that are actually moths
There has been an increase in sightings of hummingbird hawk-moths around the country this summer.
Farmers urged to check flocks after outbreak of bird flu in England
An outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N8 (bird flu) has been confirmed in Lincolnshire.
Predicting this winter's weather is like 'gazing into a crystal ball'
We asked the experts.
Are those pesky seagulls edging out the ducks in Stephen's Green? No, say the experts...
People have noticed a drop in the number of ducks in the park recently — but apparently it’s nothing to do with seagulls “losing the run of themselves” again…
Ireland’s most common birds of prey are in decline
BirdWatch Ireland has warned that the long-eared owl, the barn owl and the kestrel are in crisis due to lack of food.
You can look but not touch the... birds
Photographers and children are among the worst offenders says the Irish Wildlife Trust.
Vagrant birds flocking to Ireland as temperatures rise
Birdwtch Ireland said the changes in the habits of bird populations is a good indication of serious changes in our own environment.
Last corncrake on Shannon probably dead
Irish bird threatened with global extinction, conservationists tell, as bird numbers all over Ireland falling because of wet weather.