- Birding involves a range of exciting activities across varying levels and is all about appreciating and studying wild birds and enjoying wildlife and the outdoors. At whatever level or age, it’s the perfect mix of recreation, mental stimulation and best of all, it’s fun !
- It’s also a great way of meeting new people and getting back to nature. There are plenty of organised events and outings to get you started. An awareness and knowledge of wild birds will make even the shortest stroll in the park, along the beach or even into work come alive as you watch out and listen out for the goings-on above. The turning of the seasons come alive as you watch out for the departure and later return of migratory species.
- Birding leads into other related areas like conservation, field work and surveying, particularly if you get involved in a birdwatching and bird conservation group like BirdWatch Ireland.
How to Get Started
Find out which BirdWatch Ireland branch is nearest to you and attend the next meeting or outing. Indoor meetings usually involve a talk, slide show or other presentation and there will be plenty of friendly faces on hand to welcome you. You don’t have to be a BirdWatch Ireland member to attend any meeting or outing. Also, you don’t have to live in the area to attend a particular meeting or outing. BirdWatch Ireland meetings and outings are open to all.
If you are in the South Dublin catchment area, a list of our upcoming meetings and outings is available online here.
A list of other branches in Dublin and around the country and upcoming meetings/outings is available online here at the BirdWatch Ireland HQ website.
Join BirdWatch Ireland – Full joining details are available online here at the BirdWatch Ireland HQ website. As well as contributing to conservation of wildbirds, you will also receive the excellent “Wings” magazine quarterly.
Get yourself some basic birding kit – binoculars, a field guide and a notebook are what you’ll need to get going.