BirdWatch Ireland promotes data collection

Ireland is one of the countries covered by the EBP project where data collection is still quite low. For this reason, and in the context of the LIFE EBP Action A10BirdWatch Ireland undertook a communication campaign aimed at increasing the submission of bird observations to BirdTrack.

One of the actions involved the publication of one article about the BirdTrack portal and the EBP in the December 2018 edition of E-Wings, the monthly e-magazine circular of BirdWatch Ireland which is sent to 25,777 of its members and supporters. The article promoted the project and encouraged more volunteer uptake. 

In spring 2019 another article that also promoted participation in BirdTrack was published in Wings Magazine, the BirdWatch Ireland quarterly membership magazine that is circulated to 15,000 members.

The BirdTrack article appearing in the 2019 spring issue of Wings Magazine

Moreover, during 2018  three presentations/guided walks were organized to promote Swifts and BirdTrack among different BirdWatch Ireland branches:

  • Kildare Branch (12th April 2018)
  • Meath Branch (29th May 2018)
  • Tolka Branch (21st November 2018)

Those attending were encouraged to use BirdTrack and, particularly, its mobile app.

Brian Caffrey giving a guided Swift & BirdTrack walk & talk to Meath Branch of BirdWatch Ireland

A contribution by: Brian Caffrey (Assistant Head Surveys & Monitoring of BirdWatch Ireland)

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