Who we are?
The Golden Eagle Trust Ltd (GET) is a charity registered in Ireland (Charity number: CHY 14770) that specialises in research, monitoring and re-introduction, particularly of raptors. Founded in 1999, the GET is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Ireland’s native birds and their habitats, in particular declining, threatened, and extinct species. The GET manages reintroduction programmes for golden eagles, white-tailed eagles and red kites, in partnership with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The GETs main aim is to restore, enhance and maintain threatened and extinct native Irish bird species and their habitats through; (i) creative and pro-active conservation management; (ii) practical conservation research; and (iii) imaginative education and public awareness schemes. The Irish Raptor Study Group and Curlew Trust are shareholders of the Golden Eagle Trust. For more information on research and work undertaken by The Golden Eagle Trust Ltd visit www.goldeneagle.ie
The Irish Raptor Study Group (IRSG) is a voluntary organisation, formed in 1994, that specialises in the deployment of volunteer fieldworkers with highly specialised skills in the identification and survey of raptors (birds of prey). The IRSG main aims are to: (i) promote the conservation and protection of all wild breeding and migratory raptor species and their habitats in Ireland; (ii) encourage research and monitoring of all raptor species and the publication of such work where appropriate; iii) assist group members with the above and co-ordinate members’ summary results; (iv) circulate the results to outside individuals and bodies, to enhance the conservation of raptors, but only with the prior consent of the individual who collected the initial data; (v) assist members with any licensing requirements etc.; (vi) set up and maintain a confidential nest recording scheme; and (vii) co-operate as necessary with outside individuals, other NGOs and especially the statutory body in Ireland, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, in the furtherance of the above objectives. This specialist NGO represents a membership of approximately 80 volunteers and professional raptor workers and forms an efficient mechanism, due to their dispersed membership, for the implementation of regional, local and national raptor surveys. The IRSG have been involved in all national surveys to date (including peregrine and hen harrier) and are actively pursuing a scheme to effectively monitor raptor populations in Ireland.
BirdWatch Ireland (BWI) is the largest environmental charity in Ireland. Established in 1968, we are a non-governmental organisation with over 15,000 members nationwide, and we work to create a healthy natural environment both for wildlife and for people through the protection of wild birds and the wide range of flora and fauna upon which their survival depends. Through our membership, our network of nature reserves, our 30 local branches nationwide, our education programmes, our research, survey and monitoring work and our continual lobbying of decision-makers, we deliver improved engagement with nature and fight for the protection of Ireland’s rich natural assets, on which we all depend. We are the Irish partner in BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations. BirdWatch Ireland is focussed on the conservation of birds and biodiversity in Ireland. We aim to target our resources effectively so that we can promote nature conservation among policy-makers and the wider public. Our principal objectives include: i) species & habitat conservation; 2) research and monitoring; 3) promoting birds and biodiversity among the wider public; 4) reserve management and 5) policy & advocacy. For more information on BirdWatch Ireland’s work visit www.birdwatchireland.ie
The National Parks and Wildlife Service is part of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has key roles to i) secure the conservation of a representative range of ecosystems and maintain and enhance populations of flora and fauna in Ireland ii) to designate and advise on the protection of Natural Heritage Areas (NHA) having particular regard to the need to consult with interested parties and iii) to make the necessary arrangements for the implementation of National and EU legislation and policies including the EU Habitats and Birds Directives and for the ratification and implementation of the range of international Conventions and Agreements relating to the natural heritage. To manage, maintain and develop State-owned National Parks and Nature Reserves. For more information on the work, structure and contact details visit www.npws.ie
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Hen Harrier illustrations by Robert Vaughan https://www.facebook.com/pages/Irishbirdart/168230526570236