Category Archives for "Press Releases"

Dec 08

Prioritise recovery of fish stocks

Press Release: Minister Creed urged to prioritise recovery of fish stocks to benefit fish and coastal communities In advance of the annual Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels next Monday and Tuesday the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is urging Minister Michael Creed to prioritise the recovery of fish populations – something that will benefit fishing communities as […]

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Dec 08

Minister urged to prioritise recovery of fish stocks

Press Release: Minister Creed urged to prioritise recovery of fish stocks to benefit fish and coastal communities In advance of the annual Council of Ministers meeting in Brussels next Monday and Tuesday the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is urging Minister Michael Creed to prioritise the recovery of fish populations – something that will benefit fishing communities as […]

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Nov 30

Independent observers on board supertrawlers

PRESS RELEASE: MEPs must use their influence to get independent observers on board supertrawlers in Irish waters The Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes the intervention by the naval service to board the supertrawler ‘Margiris’ yesterday (see www.facebook.com/irishnavalservice ). However in order to address the concerns around these very large boats it is imperative that full-time, independent […]

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Sep 02

Citizen scientists in Laois bust the myths

PRESS RELEASE: Pine martens mostly vegetarian – citizen scientists in Laois bust the myths Whilst some media outlets have chosen to portray one of Ireland’s rarest and elusive wild mammals as a blood thirsty, lamb murdering tyrant, work is currently underway in the Midlands to learn more about these forest-dwelling creatures and dispel the myths […]

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Aug 02

No to More Slash and Burn!

Press Release: “31 Days, 31 Reasons for why it’s No to More Slash and Burn!” The Irish Wildlife Trust, Birdwatch Ireland, An Taisce, and the Hedge Laying Association of Ireland highlight 31 reasons why the proposed changes to Section 40 of the Wildlife Act contained in the Heritage Bill 2016 are unjustified. Sign the petition, please see:  https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/no-to-more-slash-and-burn In […]

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Jul 27

Ban on hedge cutting

Press Release: Ban on hedge cutting still in effect until 31st August. The Irish Wildlife Trust is highlighting that the ban on hedge cutting still runs until the end of August 31st. The Irish Wildlife Trust’s office has received numerous calls from around the country regarding illegal hedge cutting this summer and there is now […]

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Jul 12

Failing to protect badgers

PRESS RELEASE: Information revealed under Access to Information on the Environment legislation shows Minister Heather Humphreys failing in her duty to protect badgers The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is a national organisation concerned with the conservation of Ireland’s natural heritage. For many years we have campaigned against the policy of culling badgers in order to […]

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May 13

Badger Culling

Press Release: Culling badgers not the answer to eradicating TB Ireland has a historic problem with bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle and since 1989 has been culling badgers in an effort to eradicate the disease. From the beginning the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has opposed this approach, which sees healthy badgers, including pregnant or nursing females, […]

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Apr 30

19 wildfires recorded in 10 days

Press Release: destruction to wildlife and landscape across Ireland as 19 wildfires recorded in 10 days The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) would like to thank the many people who responded to our call to log wildfires with us. In the 10 days from April 16th to 26th we received reports of 19 separate wildfires from across Ireland – […]

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Apr 20

Management of Kerry Red Deer

Press Release: Wildlife Groups welcome progress on management of Kerry Red Deer The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) and Wild Deer Association of Ireland (WDAI) have welcomed discussions with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) which the groups held in Dublin on Friday last, April 15th. The two conservation groups had previously expressed concerns over […]

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Apr 19

Log wildfires

Press Release: Irish Wildlife Trust urges people to log wildfires The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is a national conservation charity. In recent years we have highlighted the devastating effects that illegal wildfires have on our countryside and wildlife. This year we are urging people to contact us with details of where, and when, wildfires are […]

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Apr 16

Roaming Reptiles!

Press Release: Keep an eye out for roaming reptiles! Have you seen a roaming reptile recently? With winter finally behind us it’s the beginning of lizard season and the Irish Wildlife Trust is calling on people to get out and start reptile recording. As part of our National Reptile Survey we are asking the public […]

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Jan 07

Time to find solutions to extreme flooding

Press Release: Time to find solutions to extreme flooding and stop obsessing on EU nature laws The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is calling on politicians to find effective solutions to the problem of extreme flooding. With climate change likely to increase the frequency and intensity of these events it is more important than ever that […]

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Dec 18

Decline of the Irish Sea continues

Press Release: Decline of the Irish Sea continues as Fishing Quotas set beyond scientific advice The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is concerned at the continuing decline of the marine environment in the Irish Sea following the European Commission’s Council meeting earlier this week. Since 2004 scientists have advised that no fishing for cod or whiting […]

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Nov 25

Starving Golden Eagles

Press Release: Starving Golden Eagles require urgent government action The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is urging Ministers Simon Coveney and Heather Humphries to act urgently to save the golden eagle reintroduction project from failure. Last week the Golden Eagle Trust confirmed what many ecologists already suspected: the project is failing as there is not enough food in the Donegal landscape […]

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Nov 13

Impacts of agriculture on our wildlife

Press Release: ‘Sustainability’ measures failing to address impacts of agriculture on our wildlife The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) welcomes the publication today of An Bord Bia’s ‘Origin Green’ sustainability report and its stated aim for Ireland to become a ‘world leader of sustainably produced food and drink’. However existing measures are not addressing the significant role agriculture […]

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Nov 13

Supertrawler devastating effects on marine life

Press Release: Supertrawler likely to be having devastating effects on marine life The Irish Wildlife Trust has written to the Sea Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA) and Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney with regard to the supertrawler FV Margiris which is currently in Irish waters. We are particularly concerned with the potential this type of […]

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Sep 25

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Press Release: Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes Irish Government adoption of UN Sustainable Development Goals At the UN General Assembly in New York this week An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Micheal D. Higgins will commit Ireland to a series of Sustainable Development Goals to be reached by 2030. The IWT particularly welcomes goals 14 and […]

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Sep 22

Support measures to protect our deep sea heritage

Press Release: Minister Simon Coveney needs to raise his voice and support measures to protect our deep sea heritage  The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is calling on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to stand up for the protection of our deep sea wildlife by supporting a ban on trawling below depths of […]

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Aug 07

Deer culls

Press Release: Deer culls symptomatic of increased verminisation of our wildlife The Irish Wildlife Trust is calling on the government to properly fund wildlife conservation so that our natural heritage can be correctly managed. Increasingly vocal calls for culls of wildlife, from sea gulls to pine martens and deer point to a growing trend in […]

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Jun 09

Protect the marine environment

Press Release: Minister Simon Coveney must act to protect the marine environment The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) and Coastwatch are calling on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD to act urgently to protect marine life in areas designated for nature conservation. In May of this year, unregulated scallop dredgers moved […]

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May 26

Misguided calls to cull deer in response to TB

IWT Press Release: Government must resist misguided calls to cull deer in response to TB The Government is coming under increasing pressure from the farm industry lobby to cull deer with taxpayers money in the fight against TB in cattle. All mammals can carry TB and can potentially transmit the disease from one animal to another, this […]

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