Advertisement Picture


Birdwatch News Archive


Twite numbers have dropped alarmingly. Photo: Steve Young (www.birdsonfilm.com)
Twite numbers have dropped alarmingly. Photo: Steve Young (www.birdsonfilm.com)Enlarge image

Irish Twite danger


Posted on: 12 May 2010

Twite face imminent extinction in Ireland  according to BirdWatch Ireland. Conservation measures have been proposed to try and save the remaining breeding population.

 

The Twite is one of 18 birds on Bird Watch Ireland’s red list because of its rapid decline in population with between 50 and 100 breeding pairs. North Mayo and west Donegal in Ireland are the main breeding areas.

 

Dr Derek McLoughlin, an expert on the species, said that the Twite has disappeared from most of Ireland, and that special conservation areas need to be set up. Although the winter population grows to about 1,000 birds with the arrival of birds from Scotland, the Irish breeding birds are being hit by loss of habitat, with overgrazing and undergrazing posing real threats.

 

He proposed measures which include maintenance of traditionally-managed meadows, where late cutting, and sustainable management of upland habitat would help to ensure the survival of the bird.

 

Twite feed mainly on seeds from plants like dandelion, thistle, annual meadow grass, common sorrel, chickweed and sea plantain. They will normally nest in long heather and sometimes in bracken, invariably on the top of wild, north-facing sea cliffs. According to Dr McLoughlin, they nest close to Peregrine Falcons which provide protection from Ravens and Hooded Crows.




Your Comments

Tell us what you think...

You must be logged in to leave a comment. You can log in here.
If you don't have a user account please register.

Other News

BirdLife calls for rejection of new EU Environment Commissioner

Posted: 30 Sep 2014
After appearing in front of a special hearing, the new Maltese EU Environment designate Commissioner Vella failed the audition, says BirdLife Europe.

Read more…


Scottish government takes baby steps towards a greener Europe

Posted: 29 Sep 2014
The Scottish Cabinet Secretary has announced 'green' proposals to benefit birds and nature, which ensure extra habitat and beneficial crops.

Read more…


Peacock trains not such a drag

Posted: 28 Sep 2014
The impressive train behind a male peacock weighs a lot, but appears to have little effect on the bird's ability to take flight.

Read more…


BirdLife volunteers attacked by Maltese hunters

Posted: 27 Sep 2014
A hunting ban imposed by the Maltese Government after White Storks were shot has enraged the island's hunting lobby leading to violence against BirdLife volunteers.

Read more…


More tagged Hen Harriers vanish

Posted: 26 Sep 2014
Two recently satellite-tagged juvenile Hen Harriers have vanished in Lancashire in unexplained circumstances, and there is a £1,000 reward for information.

Read more…


  2 3 4 >

Back to News Listing