Protected species Ireland
The Wildlife Acts, 1976 and 2000 provide for the protection of all wild birds and their nests, eggs and young throughout the state. The exemptions are the "pest" species listed in the third schedule to the Wildlife Act 1976. This is in accordance with the provisions of the Birds Directive. Under these acts it is an offence to intentionally disturb any of these species during the breeding season. There was no specific need to visit nests (of these or any species) for the Atlas, as proof of breeding can be documented in other ways (e.g. from observations of adults carrying food or faeces).
Raptor ID virtual training (2 sessions, Thursdays 10am)
The training will consist of two weekly online modules of 90–100 minutes each, complemented by supported self-study exercises which will be provided after each session. The training will be run by BTO staff members Nick...
Migration blog – Winter
As we get ever closer to the end of autumn the pace of migration steadily slows, and as the daylight hours shorten so does the variety of birds on the move.