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Hen Harrier, Curlew & Corncrake The Focus of Biodiversity Crisis Webinar

2nd February 2021
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology researcher Ryan Wilson-Parr will speak about the Hen Harrier (above) Project Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology researcher Ryan Wilson-Parr will speak about the Hen Harrier (above) Project Credit: courtesy Birdwatch Ireland

Once far more familiar in coastal areas, three of Ireland’s most endangered birds are the subject of a webinar hosted today by the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT).

The threats posed to and monitoring projects on the curlew, the corncrake and the hen harrier will be discussed at the “Birds on the Edge” event by experts in these fields.

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology researcher Ryan Wilson-Parr will speak about the Hen Harrier Project, while Kathryn Finney of BirdWatch Ireland and John Carey of the recently-launched Corncrake LIFE project will talk about the curlew and corncrake populations.

The event is part of a series of webinars which the IWT is running on solutions to the biodiversity crisis in Ireland.

Sightings of the birds are monitored by various surveys and on the online recording portal Birdtrack, which Birdwatch Ireland participates in along with the British Ornithology Trust and other partners.

Details of Birdtrack are here

Registration for the webinar, which is free and takes place today, February 1st, at 7 pm, is here

And more details on IWT webinars here

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Lorna Siggins is a print and radio reporter, and a former Irish Times western correspondent. She is the author of Everest Callling (1994) on the first Irish Everest expedition; Mayday! Mayday! (2004) on Irish helicopter search and rescue; and Once Upon a Time in the West: the Corrib gas controversy (2010).

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Marine Wildlife Around Ireland One of the greatest memories of any day spent boating around the Irish coast is an encounter with marine wildlife.  It's a thrill for young and old to witness seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales right there in their own habitat. As boaters fortunate enough to have experienced it will testify even spotting a distant dorsal fin can be the highlight of any day afloat.  Was that a porpoise? Was it a whale? No matter how brief the glimpse it's a privilege to share the seas with Irish marine wildlife.

Thanks to the location of our beautiful little island, perched in the North Atlantic Ocean there appears to be no shortage of marine life to observe.

From whales to dolphins, seals, sharks and other ocean animals this page documents the most interesting accounts of marine wildlife around our shores. We're keen to receive your observations, your photos, links and youtube clips.

Boaters have a unique perspective and all those who go afloat, from inshore kayaking to offshore yacht racing that what they encounter can be of real value to specialist organisations such as the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) who compile a list of sightings and strandings. The IWDG knowledge base has increased over the past 21 years thanks in part at least to the observations of sailors, anglers, kayakers and boaters.

Thanks to the IWDG work we now know we share the seas with dozens of species who also call Ireland home. Here's the current list: Atlantic white-sided dolphin, beluga whale, blue whale, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin, Cuvier's beaked whale, false killer whale, fin whale, Gervais' beaked whale, harbour porpoise, humpback whale, killer whale, minke whale, northern bottlenose whale, northern right whale, pilot whale, pygmy sperm whale, Risso's dolphin, sei whale, Sowerby's beaked whale, sperm whale, striped dolphin, True's beaked whale and white-beaked dolphin.

But as impressive as the species list is the IWDG believe there are still gaps in our knowledge. Next time you are out on the ocean waves keep a sharp look out!

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