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Emyvale Truagh Gun Club: Emyvale/Truagh Gun Club / NPWS Curlew Conservation Project meeting. The Curlew is protected under Irish and EU law. It is Ireland’s only Red Listed bird species on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) list of threatened species. A national survey commissioned by NPWS (National Parks and Wildlife Service) in 2015 and 2016 found drastic declines of the national breeding population of Curlews. Whereas 5000 pairs are estimated to have bred in the late 1980s, there now remains no more than 150 pairs. This represents a 97% decline. Breeding productivity is so low that population viability analysis predicts that in the absence of any action, the Curlew will go extinct as a breeding species in Ireland within 5-10 years ! One of the key constraints for breeding Curlew is the difficulties they are experiencing in hatching eggs and rearing young. Predation, especially by Fox, is believed to be a main cause of breeding failure. Another constraint is habitat quality. With the cooperation of landowners, the Curlew Conservation Project will find Curlew nests and target effective action by means of nest protection, predator control and small-scale habitat enhancement through capital works. Emyvale Truagh Gun Club responded to a call from the National Park and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in 2018 to form a Curlew conservation partnership. The Gun club, in co-operation with a local Curlew task force, will perform nest protection activities around the Curlew nesting sites in the Emyvale/Truagh area. To launch the project, a large group of Gun Club, NPWS Agri-Ecology Unit and local Curlew action team members gathered and had a very productive meeting in Paul’s, Emyvale, on Wednesday 27th of February. With the continued support of the local community / land owners, the project plans to give the Curlew population the best chance of breeding in our area and ultimately a strong chance of survival.
Back row from left: Victor Watterson, Assistant Secretary Emyvale Truagh Gun Club; Alan McCabe, Treasurer ETGC; Mark Craven, NARGC (National Association of Regional Game Councils); Donal Beagan, Nest Protection Officer; Joe Shannon, Nest Protection Officer; Dan Curley.  Front: Stephen Tierney, ETGC Chairman; Joe Carey, National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Just some of the large number of members of the ETGC with Joe Carey.
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Emyvale Truagh Gun Club: Emyvale/Truagh Gun Club / NPWS Curlew Conservation Project meeting. The Curlew is protected under Irish and EU law. It is Ireland’s only Red Listed bird species on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) list of threatened species. A national survey commissioned by NPWS (National Parks and Wildlife Service) in 2015 and 2016 found drastic declines of the national breeding population of Curlews. Whereas 5000 pairs are estimated to have bred in the late 1980s, there now remains no more than 150 pairs. This represents a 97% decline. Breeding productivity is so low that population viability analysis predicts that in the absence of any action, the Curlew will go extinct as a breeding species in Ireland within 5-10 years ! One of the key constraints for breeding Curlew is the difficulties they are experiencing in hatching eggs and rearing young. Predation, especially by Fox, is believed to be a main cause of breeding failure. Another constraint is habitat quality. With the cooperation of landowners, the Curlew Conservation Project will find Curlew nests and target effective action by means of nest protection, predator control and small-scale habitat enhancement through capital works. Emyvale Truagh Gun Club responded to a call from the National Park and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in 2018 to form a Curlew conservation partnership. The Gun club, in co- operation with a local Curlew task force, will perform nest protection activities around the Curlew nesting sites in the Emyvale/Truagh area. To launch the project, a large group of Gun Club, NPWS Agri- Ecology Unit and local Curlew action team members gathered and had a very productive meeting in Paul’s, Emyvale, on Wednesday 27th of February. With the continued support of the local community / land owners, the project plans to give the Curlew population the best chance of breeding in our area and ultimately a strong chance of survival.
Back row from left: Victor Watterson, Assistant Secretary Emyvale Truagh Gun Club; Alan McCabe, Treasurer ETGC; Mark Craven, NARGC (National Association of Regional Game Councils); Donal Beagan, Nest Protection Officer; Joe Shannon, Nest Protection Officer; Dan Curley.  Front: Stephen Tierney, ETGC Chairman; Joe Carey, National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Just some of the large number of members of the ETGC with Joe Carey.
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