BIRDWATCH IRELAND eWINGS
Welcome to the December 2015 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland’s email newsletter.
With Ireland in the full grip of winter, this might not seem like the time of year to be thinking about nestboxes. These actually perform an important function during inclement winter weather, however: certain vulnerable species, such as Wrens, will sleep in them during the cold nights, often in groups, huddled together to keep warm. The record, set in England a few years ago, is of no fewer than 65 Wrens all ensconced in the same Blue Tit-type box! If you haven’t yet cleaned out your nestboxes after the past summer’s breeding season, therefore, now would be a very good time.
This is also the perfect time to give the gift of a nestbox to friends and family. Putting up a box in January or February, when many birds will be actively prospecting for potential nesting sites that they can make use of come the spring, will increase the chances of a breeding pair taking up residence. Whether you go for our brilliant state-of-the-art Camera Nestbox System, which sells for €129 (plus P&P), or our flat-pack Build-your-own Nestbox Kit for just €10 (plus P&P), or indeed any other boxes from our extensive nestbox range, you’ll be bound to see some happy faces on Christmas morning.
The needs of birds and biodiversity must be integrated into climate change emissions reduction plans
BirdWatch Ireland welcomes the climate change agreement reached at COP 21 in Paris last weekend. Nearly 200 nations around the world, including Ireland, have agreed to hold ‘the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change’. We will need to decarbonise our world (meaning ending our use of fossil fuels and reduce other greenhouse gas emissions) by 2050 and this will mean significant changes to our transport, agriculture and energy sectors in the next 35 years and beyond. This is a defining moment for our planet and for Ireland and concrete action is critical if we are to reduce emissions urgently. It is vital that birds and biodiversity are integrated into these plans.