Irish checklist:

Irish Rare Birds Committee – The Irish List (31st December 2013)

Number of resident and regular visiting bird species:

457

Primary sources of distribution data:

*Databases held by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and made accessible through Biodiversity Maps. ** IWEBS data from 1994-2001 is accessible through Biodiversity Maps. ***ESAS bird sightings from 1980-2003 are accessible through Biodiversity Maps.

National conservation assessment:

  • Lynas, P., Newton, S.F. & Robinson, J.A., 2007. The status of birds in Ireland: an analysis of conservation concern 2008-2013. Irish Birds 8(2) 149-166.
  • Newton, S., Donaghy, A., Allen, D. & D. Gibbons., 1999. Birds of Conservation Concern in Ireland. Irish Birds 6(3) 333-344.

Monitoring or repeat surveys in place:

  • Countryside Birds Survey (annual)
  • Garden Bird Survey (annual)
  • Irish Wetland Birds Survey (annual)
  • Whooper & Bewick’s Swans (every 5 years, latest January 2015)
  • Barnacle Geese (every 5 years, latest March 2008)
  • Light-bellied Brent Geese (annual)
  • Non-Estuarine Coastal Waterfowl Survey (NEWS, every 9 years, latest 2006-07)
  • Common Scoter (breeding, not on regular cycle; overdue)
  • Corncrake (annual)
  • Twite (ongoing research & population monitoring)
  • Chough (every 10 years, latest 2002-03)
  • Breeding Curlew Survey (2015)
  • Machair Breeding Waders
  • Shannon Callows Breeding Waders
  • Lambay Ornithological Survey (annual; includes full seabird census every 5 years, latest 2009)
  • Breeding Cormorants (sporadic, latest 2010; east coast colonies counted annually)
  • Breeding Terns (national every 10 years, last 1995, overdue)
  • Roseate Terns (breeding, annual)
  • Little Terns (breeding, east coast only, annual)
  • Swift Survey (2015)
  • Breeding Seabirds (full national, every 15 years: 1969-70, 1985-87, 1998-2002)
  • Upland Birds 2002-2004 (Golden Plover, Ring Ouzel)
  • Red Grouse 2005 (pilot), 2007-2009 (national)
  • Waterways Birds (including Kingfisher) 2006-2010
  • Dipper (long-term monitoring in Cork & Laois-Offaly)
  • Irish Rare Breeding Birds (annual assessments published by the panel)
  • Grey Herons (& Little Egrets: done historically, to be re-launched soon)
  • Barn Owl (ongoing research & population monitoring)
  • Peregrine (every 10 years, latest 2002
  • Hen Harrier (every 5 years, latest 2015)