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Nov 21

Submission on final proposals for fishing opportunities for 2018

Re: Submission on final proposals for fishing opportunities for 2018 The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is an Irish non-profit organisation concerned with the conservation of Ireland’s biodiversity. As an island nation our marine and fisheries resource is a vital component of our natural and cultural heritage. Its sustainable use is therefore an essential element in […]

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Nov 18

Shark Attack

Shark Attack Last September a member of the public sent us this image of a critically endangered porbeagle shark at the fishmongers counter in Dunnes Stores Cornelscourt in Dublin. This, in itself, is not illegal however it is illegal to target the species or land it. We understand that no money changed hands at any […]

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May 10

IWT Biodiversity Week Events

We are celebrating National Biodiversity Week from 19th to 28th May. All the events are free of charge and open to all. Join us at one of the events to explore the outdoors and learn about our fantastic biodiversiy. National Biodiversity Week Events 20 May: Miniature Wildlife in the National Botanic Garden – Co Dublin […]

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Mar 31

Ireland’s vanishing nature

New book charts Ireland’s vanishing nature and explores a future for people and wildlife Pádraic Fogarty has been Campaign Officer for the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) since 2013 and was its Chairman from 2009 to 2013. During this time he has also been Editor of the IWT’s quarterly ‘Irish Wildlife’ magazine. In his new book Whittled […]

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Mar 06

Saint Patrick and the Lizards

Saint Patrick may have gotten rid of Ireland’s snakes but it seems he spared our lizards Help put them on the map with the Irish Wildlife Trust. Saint Patrick may have gotten rid of Ireland’s snakes but it seems he spared our lizards. Ireland really is home to two fascinating lizard species and this Spring […]

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Nov 24

Prohibition of pair trawling in coastal areas

Irish Wildlife Trust calls for the prohibition of pair trawling in coastal areas Pair trawling is a fishing practice involving two boats dragging between them a single large net with small meshing. It is an activity which has lately been going on in sheltered inshore bays and estuaries along the west coast – many of which are […]

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Nov 04

No More Slash and Burn

No to More Slash & BurnThe Irish Wildlife Trust, Birdwatch Ireland, An Taisce, and the Hedge Laying Association of Ireland highlight that the proposed changes to Section 40 of the Wildlife Act contained in the Heritage Bill 2016 are unjustified and damaging to natural heritage. Now the Bill is in the Seanad for debate this […]

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May 17

Petition

Petition: Reverse the decision to abolish the Department of the Environment The Irish Wildlife Trust, along with Friends of the Earth, VOICE, Birdwatch Ireland and An Taisce, is launching a petition calling on the Taoiseach to reverse his decision to abolish the Department of the Environment. Join us in supporting Irish wildlife by signing this […]

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Jan 18

No to More Slash and Burn!

“No to More Slash and Burn!” Campaign Launch The Irish Wildlife Trust, Birdwatch Ireland, An Taisce and the Hedge Laying  Association of Ireland have come together to launch a petition to persuade the Government to reverse its decision to makes changes to Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, which will allow for the burning of […]

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Dec 23

No To More Slash & Burn

No To More Slash & Burn The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is disappointed but not surprised at the announcement yesterday that Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has extended the season into which land owners can burn vegetation or cut hedges. Once again we note that the greater good of protecting […]

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Nov 22

Fishing opportunities for 2016

IWT submission on final proposals for fishing opportunities for 2016 The Irish Wildlife Trust’s (IWT) submission on final proposals for fishing opportunities for 2016, submitted to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, can be seen as a pdf here. Alternatively, the text of the submission is as follows: The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) […]

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Aug 25

Irish Wildlife Trust Launch Lizard Survey

The Irish Wildlife Trust is pleased to announce the launch of its Irish Lizard Survey, which has been sponsored by Dublin Zoo. After the success of the Irish Wildlife Trust National Newt Survey, this Irish environmental charity is now conducting a pilot lizard survey with a view to running a future “Citizens Science” survey of […]

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May 28

Reject IFA cull on deer

IWT call on the Government to reject IFA cull on deer The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) and its media arm, the Irish Farmers’ Journal (IFA), have been encouraging the government to undertake a cull of deer in Wicklow in order to control TB in cattle. This call has been prompted by a report from the […]

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May 21

IWT launch Nature Notes Video on Bluebells

The IWT have launched a Nature Notes video “Three Shades of Blue” on how to identify our native and non native species of bluebells in Ireland, including the hybrids.  To watch the video, check out our You Tube page at:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGrWkRw70JU

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May 12

Nature Alert! – Make Your Voice Heard to Save Nature

The Irish Wildlife Trust is supporting the Nature Alert! the campaign to facilitate people across the 28 EU countries to participate in the European Commission public consultation to help save nature conservation laws. The campaign, which is being organised by BirdLife, the European Environmental Bureau, Friends of the Earth Europe and WWF, is part of […]

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Apr 28

Wild Fire Atlantic Way

Ireland’s landscape is one of our most valuable assets. It’s the basis of our tourism and agriculture industries but more than that it provides us with water, flood control and clean air. It’s home to our wildlife and it’s where we go to restore weary minds. Indeed we use it as an effective tool when […]

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Mar 23

IWT Talks & Events at St. Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham

The IWT are delighted to announce that we are starting a series of talks and events, based around wildlife, for the OPW at St. Enda’s Park in Rathfarnham in South Dublin. The programme starts this Easter with: An afternoon tea & talk on: “The wildlife of South Dublin” on Wed. 1st April, 2:30pm  and a “Family Easter Nature Trail” on Sat. 4th […]

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Mar 23

Illegal burning

Irish Wildlife Trust calls on Minister Coveney to deny single farm payments to those found responsible for illegal burning Reports from all over Ireland show that the annual bonfire of our countryside is well underway. This illegal practice is resulting in the massive degradation of upland habitats and is driving species to extinction. While illegal […]

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Mar 23

Heather Humphreys ‘clueless’ in interview on Radio Kerry

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys appeared clueless and unaware of her responsibilities in an interview with Radio Kerry this morning (April 23rd). She maintained that fires were not an issue for her staff except where it occurred in Killarney National Park. She seemed totally unaware that fires also occurred in Wicklow […]

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Mar 03

Mad March Hare

Irish Wildlife Trust Launch “Mad March Hare” Video Competition The Irish hare Lepus timidus hibernicus is an endemic sub-species of the arctic hare. Unlike its continental cousins, which are restricted to high mountains and Arctic tundra, Irish hares are found from sea level right up to the tops of the highest Irish mountains. Sadly, this […]

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Feb 24

Roadside habitats conservation project

Irish Wildlife Trust launches roadside habitats conservation project, “Networks for Nature” The Irish Wildlife Trust is pleased to announce a new and innovative project titled ‘Networks for Nature’, which aims to educate and empower local communities and tidy towns groups to manage and cherish roadside verges which are important refugia for biodiversity. IWT Conservation Officer, […]

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Jan 08

Calls for all burning of uplands to be banned

Irish Wildlife Trust calls for all burning of uplands to be banned under any revision of the Wildlife Act. The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT), in its submission to the proposed changes in the open season for hedge-cutting and burning of vegetation in the Wildlife Act, has called for all burning of upland vegetation to be […]

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Nov 20

My First Book of Irish Animals

Children’s book on sale now – My First Book of Irish Animals My First Book of Irish Animals, by Juanita Browne, is the first children’s picture book aimed at introducing young children to the wonderful world of Irish wildlife.  Filled with fascinating facts and beautiful illustrations by Irish artist, Aoife Quinn, this book will capture the […]

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Oct 29

A Wilder Side of Dublin

Book Review of Doorstep Wilderness: A Wilder Side of Dublin Niall Mac Coitir reviews Doorstep Wilderness: A Wilder Side of Dublin, the new book by Paul Hughes. Read the review and see others in our Guest Articles section.

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Oct 28

Wild Watch Events 2014

Wild Watch – Fundraising Events for the Irish Wildlife Trust At the end of last month, we organised our annual Wild Watch events.  Wild Watch is an opportunity to highlight the beauty and wonder of Irish wildlife and to promote membership and the valuable work of the IWT, branches and its volunteers.   As a […]

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Sep 28

Sustainable fishing options for inshore fishermen

BIM & Marine Institute failing to provide sustainable fishing options for inshore fishermen Environmental groups, including the Irish Wildlife Trust, BirdWatch Ireland, Coastwatch, the Irish Seal Sanctuary and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group are calling on the authorities in Ireland with responsibility for fisheries to provide sustainable fishing options for the inshore fishing fleet. […]

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Aug 25

IWT Ladybird Survey needs your help

Since the Irish Wildlife Trust Ladybird Survey began this year we have been delighted with the enthusiasm and interest from the general public in ladybirds and their conservation and would like to thank everybody who has submitted a record. However, we still need your help, especially with reliable records of the invasive harlequin ladybird. Records […]

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Jun 07

IWT objects to classification of Wild Boar

The IWT has made a submission to the risk assessments published recently by the Government. The IWT is against the illegal release of wild boar/hybrid/feral pigs. Any reintroduction of wild boar would have to be preceded by a detailed feasibility study and consultation process and if deemed feasible and acceptable by members of the public […]

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