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Christmas Robin
17th December 2019

Christmas Greetings and holiday arrangements

We send sincere Christmas Greetings to all our customers and supporters who visited our website through 2019.

Last date for pre-Christmas orders is Thursday 19th December 6pm, for pick up by Fastway couriers on Friday 20th December. 

You may wish to avail of our online Gift…

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Bee and Aquilegea
16th September 2019

Ashford Honey Festival, enjoying the buzz.

The third Ashford Honey Festival took place on Saturday, 21st September in the Seamus Heaney Community Centre, Ashford, Co Wicklow. www.wicklowbees.com

Eanna Ní Lamhna enjoys the festival with the Irish Garden Birds team

It was a fun event with plenty of activities for young and not…

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10th September 2019

Birds on a Wire

Two Juvenile Swallows (c. Oran O’Sullivan)

After a reasonable summer, the telegraph wires are beginning to fill up  with chattering Swallows and Martins: I certainly get the impression that the move south is on, or coming soon. Apart from the communal exchange of information, Swallows…

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26th July 2019

House Martins, master builders?

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 House Martin rely on a steady supply of mud to construct and maintain…

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8th January 2019

How to bird watch in the garden in winter

Even a small suburban garden can host 25-30 species of birds in winter

Irish Times, Sat, Oct 14, 2017

 Fionnuala Fallon

‘Long-tailed tits feeding from a bird feeder in an Irish garden. Photograph: Oran O’Sullivan

The first time I spotted a woodpecker feeding from a peanut feeder in…

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BBluebells and Welsh Poppies
31st May 2018

The ABC project

When Brian O’Reilly, the Rector of St. Saviours Church, Rathdrum approached local resident Oran O’Sullivan with an idea to improve matters for local wildlife, it seemed a natural thing to do. 

Walking around the Main Street of the village, you can’t but notice that Swifts…

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celebrating Swifts
8th May 2018

Celebrating Swifts

Celebrating Swifts seems the natural thing to do in this long hot summer.  

A few years ago, sitting on a hot veranda in a small village of the Languedoc region of France, I was entertained by the sight and sounds of squadrons of Swifts,…

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19th April 2018

Dusk Chorus woodland walk, Thursday 3rd May 2018

Join us on a dusk chorus woodland walk in Ballyteigue Woods near Rathdrum, county Wicklow.  Meet at the forestry barrier, entrance to Wheeler’s Lane at 19.30, Thursday 3rd May.  This event is free and is run in conjunction with Ballintombay Pure Mile Group.  As…

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18th April 2018

Interview

Donal O’Donoghue of the RTE Guide interviews Oran O’Sullivan, co-author of Ireland’s Garden Birds and principal of Irish Garden Birds.ie

 
First published in 2008, Ireland’s Garden Birds has become a bible for birdwatchers and bird lovers across the land.  Co-written by Oran O’Sullivan and Jim Wilson, long-time colleagues and…

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