Winter Bird Surveys 2014-15

We are now at the peak of the winter bird survey season, and our staff are busy undertaking a number of winter bird surveys to inform the Ecological Impact Assessments being prepared for a number of proposed wind energy developments.

These winter bird surveys are being undertaken to inform both the Environmental Impact Assessments and Appropriate Assessments being prepared for a number of proposed wind energy projects. The surveys commenced in October and will run until early April 2015.

A selection of photos from our ongoing winter bird surveys for the 2014-15 season are now available on our main website at the following links. The photos include Greenland white-fronted geese, Whooper Swans, and Bewick’s Swans.

Some selected photos are also provided in the gallery below.

According to Birdwatch Ireland, Ireland’s location along the major flyways of arctic-nesting species, along with a mild climate, which provides generally ice-free feeding opportunities, means that it contributes significantly towards the survival of arctic and boreal nesting waterbirds. Ireland has an abundance of wetlands, both coastal and inland, many of which are relatively free of disturbance, and are rich in animal and plant foods. As a consequence, more than one million waterbirds visit Ireland each winter.

Wind Farm Bird Surveys is a business unit of ECOFACT which caters specifically for birds and the assessment of the potential impacts on birds from wind energy developments development. We are experts in all types of bird surveys and advise on the sustainable development of wind energy in Ireland.  For further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

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