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Ireland has a rich natural heritage – from the sandbanks of the Shannon Estuary to the fens of Monaghan… from the natterjack toad to the Atlantic salmon… from the Killarney fern to the freshwater pearl mussel.

Bird Atlas 2007 - 2011

Bird Atlas 2007-2011 website where all information can be accessed.
The Kingfisher is resident on Irish streams, rivers and canals.

The Bird Atlas 2007-2011 mapped the occurrence of all of Ireland's and Britain’s birds during the winter and breeding seasons. This information will be used to inform future policies and priorities for bird conservation and help to ensure their continued survival. The Bird Atlas 2007-2011 was a collaborative project involving BirdWatch Ireland, the Scottish Ornithologists Club and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

Funding for the Irish part of the Atlas was provided by the Heritage Council, the National Parks & Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Environment & Heritage Service of Northern Ireland. Ireland’s landscape, and the species within it, are changing for a variety of reasons - development pressure, agricultural practices, climate change, and recreational activities.

To reduce the impact of these pressures on our wildlife, and to retain functioning ecosystems, we must know how our landscape and our wildlife are changing over time. Previous Bird Atlases were undertaken in 1968-1972 and in 1988-1991. The data from the 2007-2011 Atlas shows that bird distributions have changed in the last ten years. For instance, birds are now present in Ireland that were not here when the first Atlas was done in the 1960s.

A huge level of volunteer support was required to complete the field work for the Atlas and the partner organisations and funders would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone who contributed. The Atlas is due for publication in 2013.

For more information visit the Bird Atlas website:  www.birdatlas.net