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  Published on: 8 December 2016 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 […]

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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 Published on: 8 December 2016 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 […]

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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 Published on: 30 November 2016 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 […]

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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  Published on: 2 September 2016 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 […]

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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!” Published on: 2 August 2016 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 […]

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Jul 27

Ban on hedge cutting

Press Release: Ban on hedge cutting still in effect until 31st August.  Published on: 27 July 2016 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 […]

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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 Published on: 12 July 2016 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 […]

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May 13

Badger Culling

Press Release: Culling badgers not the answer to eradicating TB Published on: 13 May 2016 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 […]

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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 Published on: 30 April 2016 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 […]

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Apr 20

Management of Kerry Red Deer

Press Release: Wildlife Groups welcome progress on management of Kerry Red Deer Published on: 20 April 2016 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 […]

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Apr 19

Log wildfires

Press Release: Irish Wildlife Trust urges people to log wildfires Published on: 19 April 2016 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, […]

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Apr 16

Roaming Reptiles!

Press Release: Keep an eye out for roaming reptiles!  Published on: 16 April 2016 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 […]

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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 Published on: 7 January 2016 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 […]

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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 Published on: 18 December 2015 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 […]

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Nov 25

Starving Golden Eagles

Press Release: Starving Golden Eagles require urgent government action Published on: 25 November 2015 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 […]

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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 Published on: 13 November 2015 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 […]

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Nov 13

Supertrawler devastating effects on marine life

Press Release: Supertrawler likely to be having devastating effects on marine life Published on: 13 November 2015 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 […]

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Sep 25

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Press Release: Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes Irish Government adoption of UN Sustainable Development Goals Published on: 25 September 2015 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 […]

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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 Published on: 22 September 2015  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 […]

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Aug 07

Deer culls

Press Release 07th August 2015 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 […]

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Jun 09

Protect the marine environment

Press Release: Minister Simon Coveney must act to protect the marine environment Published on: 9 June 2015 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, […]

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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 Published on: 26 May 2015  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 […]

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