Barn Owls indirect victims of rat poisoning

Barn Owls indirect victims of rat poisoning

New research by BirdWatch Ireland and UCC shows that Barn Owls in Ireland have a high exposure to rat poisons. The secondary threat of rat poisons to birds of prey needs to be addressed with an advice campaign targeted at…

Terns gather in Dublin Bay

Terns gather in Dublin Bay

The annual gathering of terns in Dublin Bay is underway with over 6,000 birds recorded in huge flocks at the end of August.  The flocks of seabirds appear at dusk on Sandymount and Merrion Strand massing together for safety on…

Lapwing breeding in midlands

Lapwing breeding in midlands

Natura ornithologists have recorded breeding Lapwing on a number of farmland sites in the midland counties, in connection with a large windfarm project called Energy Bridge.  This beautiful wader species has declined markedly in recent years due to drainage and…

Puffins and the Marine Ecosystem

Puffins and the Marine Ecosystem

Puffins are well into their breeding season on Great Saltee Island and many other seabird colonies around the Irish coast.  Each pair lays a single egg deep in a rabbit burrow and the adults stand outside the burrow entrance socialising…

Whimbrels drop by the Murrough

Whimbrels drop by the Murrough

Small flocks of Whimbrels, close relatives of the Curlew, can be seen now along the Murrough, the 12km barrier beach that fringes north Wicklow.  Distinguished by their beautiful calls and the bars on the head, they were traditionally known as…