Interview: Oran O’Sullivan talks to the RTE Guide

October 31st, 2023|Categories: News|

Donal O’Donoghue of the RTE Guide interviews Oran O’Sullivan, co-author of Ireland’s Garden Birds and principal of Irish Garden First published in 2008, Ireland’s Garden Birds has become a bible for birdwatchers and bird lovers [...]

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Bird of the Month, Blackbird

March 7th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Blackbird – Turdus merula  Ranks Number 2 in the Garden Bird Survey, seen in 98% of Irish gardens surveyed. Length: 25cm Wingspan: 34-39cm Weight: 80-100g Average Lifespan: 3 years Sound Recording: The Blackbird is a familiar sight around [...]

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The Cuckoo: cheating by nature

July 26th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

The most iconic sound of late spring is undoubtedly that of the calling Cuckoo, one of the most talked about in the countryside. Traditional letter writing to the national newspapers recording the [...]

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Starling Murmurations

March 10th, 2021|Categories: Murmuration, News, Starlings, Winter|

  Coilin Mac Lochlainn reports on the winter phenomenon that is a Starling Murmuration I went to Nobber, Co Meath, in February 2019 to view a Starling Murmuration and to try to [...]

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The Wicklow Swift project

August 11th, 2020|Categories: Heritage Week, Swifts|

        WICKLOW SWIFT PROJECT  FOR HERITAGE WEEK   The Wicklow Swift project is playing its part in protecting the swift population in Ireland which is under serious threat due to the loss of [...]

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Swifts go to Gaol.

June 18th, 2020|Categories: News, Uncategorised|Tags: |

Interview By David Medcalf, Wicklow People, 18th June 2020.   They are really remarkable little creatures. Small enough to fit through a hole the size of crème egg, swifts unravel their wings [...]

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October Rowan Fest

October 1st, 2019|Categories: Migration, Winter|

In early autumn, from late July onwards, Blackbirds take to the shrubs and bushes, often appearing clumsy on outer branches, laden with fruit. They are attracted to the procession of ripening berries [...]

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Ashford Honey Festival, enjoying the buzz.

September 16th, 2019|Categories: News, Uncategorised|Tags: |

The third Ashford Honey Festival took place on Saturday, 21st September in the Seamus Heaney Community Centre, Ashford, Co Wicklow. Eanna Ní Lamhna enjoys the festival with the Irish Garden Birds [...]

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House Martins, master builders?

July 26th, 2019|Categories: Nest, News, Young Birds|

House Martins gather up mud (c.Oran O'Sullivan) Summer showers, heavy but not too prolonged, are ideal weather conditions in an otherwise dry, hot summer for two of our summer visitors. Swallow and [...]

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Swifts return

May 9th, 2019|Categories: Migration, News, Swifts|Tags: |

Perhaps the most iconic and intriguing of our urban bird species, Swifts are a small migratory bird that visit Ireland each year to nest. They travel from southern Africa where they have [...]

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Knocking on Wood

February 25th, 2019|Categories: Biodiversity, News|

Knocking on Wood: a Great Spotted Woodpecker (c. OOS) That precious extra hour or so of winter ending daylight is really noticable now, especially when the weather is dry and bright. Though [...]

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