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Objective

NPWS - Sea Bird monitoring programme and seal monitoring initiative
This project aims to protect coastal sea birds and seals in Ireland through monitoring initiatives carried out by researchers, with the aid of volunteers through citizen science.

Targeted Species & Habitats

NPWS - Sea Bird monitoring programme and seal monitoring initiative

About this project

NPWS - Sea Bird monitoring programme and seal monitoring initiative
Many of these monitoring programmes rely heavily on volunteer input. Without such generous assistance the quality and breadth of Ireland’s bird monitoring programmes past and future would be compromised. The Irish Wetland Bird Survey (I-WeBS) is the primary scheme that monitors overwintering waterbird populations in Ireland on an annual basis. The focus of the survey is largely on those wetland sites (e.g. estuaries and inland lakes) that hold internationally and nationally important congregations of waterbirds. As the survey window extends from September to March inclusive passage birds can also be recorded.

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NPWS - Sea Bird monitoring programme and seal monitoring initiative

How can you contribute?

 

I-WeBS involves conducting counts of all waterbirds at wetland sites once per month from September to March on predefined count days. The counts are recorded on the count forms provided by the I-WeBS Office or entered onto the online data entry system at the end of each visit.

 

Wetland sites range from small ponds and river stretches with small numbers of birds that can easily be can covered by one observer with a pair of binoculars to large complex estuaries that hold thousands of birds and require a team of experienced observers with telescopes.

 

If you would like to get involved, please contact the I-WeBS Office, letting them know where you are based, whether or not you have a telescope, and they will find the right site for you.

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NPWS - Sea Bird monitoring programme and seal monitoring initiative
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