About BirdWatch Ireland
Established in 1968, BirdWatch Ireland is the largest and most active conservation organisation in Ireland. We have more than 10,000 members, including families and children who are taking an active interest in the future
of our natural environment. We also have a network of more than 20 local branches across the country.
Our primary objective is the conservation of wild birds and their habitats in Ireland. We carry out extensive research and surveys of birds in Ireland, providing information which furthers conservation at both local and EU level and lets us know which bird species are most in need of our protection. For example, we currently survey wetland birds, farmland birds and garden birds and protect endangered species such as the Corncrake and Roseate Tern. We also manage nature reserves – places where birds can breed and feed without disturbance or threat to their environment and where we can encourage conservation of endangered habitats, flora and fauna. Many of these reserves are open to the public.
In addition, as the national partner of Birdlife International, we ensure that Special Protection Areas for birds are
identified, designated and protected by EU policy and Irish law.
The Tipperary Branch
The Tipperary Branch of BirdWatch Ireland has always been a very active branch. We have conducted surveys of Yellowhammers, Nightjars and Grey Herons in Tipperary. We have carried out conservation work to help the Common Terns on Lough Derg, have erected nest-boxes for Barn Owls and we have built an excellent hide at the most important wetland in the county, the Little Brosna Callows, on the border with Co. Offaly.
Members of the branch take part in all national surveys such as the Irish Wetland Bird Survey (IWeBS) and the Countryside Bird Survey (CBS).
The Tipperary Branch runs a programme of indoor and outdoor events. This includes outings to birdwatching sites within the County and an annual bus-trip further afield.
Indoor talks are held on a monthly basis throughout the County from October to April. Events are open to members and non-members alike except where otherwise stated. Generally there is no admission charge but, where an expense is involved such as room hire or speaker's expenses, voluntary donations may be sought.
All donations are welcome. Please send cheques payable to BirdWatch Ireland, Tipperary Branch, to the treasurer,
Malcolm Tanner. Lilac House, Grantstown, Kilfeakle, Tipperary, Co. Tipperary.
Electronic transfers can be
made using BIC AIBKIE2D and IBAN IE38AIBK93527123549057.
Chris Wilson, a founder member of the Tipperary Branch of BirdWatch Ireland, passed away at his home in Wexford on Saturday 22nd August 2015, after a short illness.
Chris's enthusiasm and exuberance for all kinds of wildlife affected all who knew him and enriched our lives.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with his wife Ann and his extended family.