Corncrake (Lars Soerink)

Corncrakes have started call in Mayo
To find out more about this illusive species click here
If you hear a Corncrake please report details on  the

Corncrake Hotline


Curlew (Kevin Murphy)

Curlews are abundant in winter, but these are not 'Irish birds' and return to their own sites in the spring. In Ireland there are estimated to be under 200 pairs breeding in Ireland. They are in danger of becoming extinct as a breeding species with 80% of the breeding population lost since the 1970s.
You can help by reporting if you come across any pairs of Curlew in potential breeding habitats by completing the following survey

This will help locate where to target conservation efforts.
For more information about breeding curlews and the Breeding Curlew Survey click here




Swifts are arriving in Mayo and will be settling into finding nest sites quickly. Visit  for facts about this vulnerable species, details of where they have been reported nesting and live video of nests.
If you see a Swfit entering a nest site you can use the links on this website to see if it has been reported previously, and if not use the contacts page to report details of what you have seen. Also advice on nestboxes and schemes already in place across the county.

Found an Injured Bird or Bird in Distress?

BirdWatch Ireland is not a bird rehabilitation organsation.

Details on who to contact for help and advice can be found on the Irish Wildlife Matters website.

Their web page is

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