A seagull at the British Open in Scotland. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

A Kerry-based marine expert has called for “a bit of factual perspective” on the debate over “killer gulls” and has warned that the birds face a real (...)

“Birds such as the heron are protected, so shooting a heron is a crime - I have never come across a heron being shot before but we would strongly condemn it,”  Birdwatch Ireland development officer Niall Hatch said. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Birdwatch Ireland has condemned the shooting dead of a heron in Co Cork and urged anyone with any information to contact the wild life service or gard(...)

 Whooper swans in north Wicklow in mid-January,  at thge  start of  the  five-yearly  all Ireland census  organised by BirdWatch Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Services. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

More than 300 people took part in the all-Ireland swan census over the weekend. Once every five years, this census tracks numbers of whooper swans a(...)

One of the terns  nesting on Rockabill Island, off north county Dublin. The three-month jobs entail monitoring and protecting the migrant Roseate, Common and Arctic terns during the summer breeding season.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Ever dreamed of living on a remote island and being paid for it? Birdwatch Ireland needs two people this summer to study and protect the Roseate Te(...)

Ciaran Visser enjoying playing in the daffodils in the Botanic Gardens Dublin yesterday. Photograph: David Sleator

For traditionalists, February 1st, St Brigid’s Day, marks the beginning of spring but this year the usual indicators, such as returning migrato(...)