Bird­watch Ire­land needs your help with its sur­vey

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BIRD­WATCH Ire­land want you to re­port on the peak num­ber of birds feed­ing or gath­er­ing in your gar­den.

The group ex­pects over 1,000 peo­ple to take part in the sur­vey this win­ter, as Bird­Watch Ire­land at­tempt to doc­u­ment who well gar­den birds in Ire­land have been far­ing over the cold, win­ter months.

Wick­low’s lo­ca­tions and scenic sur­round­ings make it a par­tic­u­larly happy des­ti­na­tion for many win­ter birds. Any par­tic­i­pants in the sur­vey can en­ter their records on­line so as to make their sight­ing con­tri­bu­tions easy to make. You sim­ply have to visit the site www. bird­watchire­land. ie and then click on ‘On­line Sur­veys’, reg­is­ter your de­tails and ex­plain a bit about your gar­den, such as what type of bird feed you are us­ing.

Bird­Watch Ire­land CEO Oran O’Sul­li­van said: ‘We have watched robin, black­bird, blue tit and chaffinch fight for top spot on the lad­der of most wide­spread birds, and have also seen enor­mous growth in the num­ber of gar­dens sup­port­ing col­lared doves, goldfinches and bullfinches. The ob­ser­va­tions have alerted us to many sig­nif­i­cant trends over the years, and we hope that as many peo­ple across Ire­land as pos­si­ble will par­tic­i­pate.’ The sur­vey be­gan at the beginning of this month and con­tin­ues for

an­other 13 weeks.

The robin is one of Ire­land’s most wide­spread

birds.

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