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Kingfisher on a back channel of the old River Shannon near Castleconnell, Co Limerick https://youtu.be/LyTBOORPp30
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Grey Partridge, Pine Marten, Hare and Pheasant https://youtu.be/BnLitfklxy0
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Greylag geese, Golden Plover, and Lapwing, Co Offaly https://youtu.be/QMpywTpGDtU
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Whooper Swans at Lough Croan, January 2018 https://youtu.be/01x2qBlpVBg
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Curlew in Co Offaly this week, from our ongoing winter bird surveys.

Curlew is a red-listed species here with the breeding population declining by 97% since the 1980s. Most of our winter visitors come from northern Scandinavia and north-western Russia; they visit here to take advantage of the milder winter conditions. The key cause of the decline of our resident population is habitat loss due to agricultural intensification, land drainage, bog development and afforestation. Indeed, the decline of the Curlew is an indication of the ongoing ecological sterilization of our countryside. However, the loss of the haunting cry of this iconic bird would not only be of ecological significance - it would represent an immense cultural loss. The key to saving them is the re-introduction of sustainable agricultural practices, the restoration of our bogs, and curtailing the afforestation of our uplands.

https://youtu.be/dPWl9xgIrHM
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River Lampreys have now arrived at Annacotty Weir on the River Mulkear (Co Limerick). This is the first one I have seen from the 2017/18 run. They run during dark nights (around the new moon) when the river is up a bit and weather conditions are mild. Their migration is blocked by this weir however and they will try in vain over the next few months to pass this barrier. By next March there will be thousands here. They spawn downstream of this weir in April. I am campaigning to sort out the fish passage problems at this weir. Incredibly Inland Fisheries Ireland had ā‚¬1.75 million under the Mulkear LIFE project to do this - but the problems at this migration barrier remain. There is also a lamprey poaching problem here - the lampreys are netted and used / sold for use as angling baits. This is the Lower River Shannon SAC and River Lampreys are a key conservation interest of this Natura 2000 river.
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River Lampreys at Annacotty weir, November 2017 https://youtu.be/QLPMDQzs2Ps via @YouTube
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Wild Fallow Deer in Keeper Hill SAC, Co Tipperary. From our current ongoing trailcam surveys.
https://youtu.be/5nHCI8CsjGM
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Selected footage of a Pine Marten along the River Shannon in the Shannon Callows SAC
https://youtu.be/vWGoz8XYiMw
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Irish Hare, Red Squirrel, Fallow Deer, Pine Marten and Fox pass the same trailcam in Keeper Hill SAC, Co Tipperary. From our trailcam surveys.
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