IRBC - Irish Rare Bird Report

The first Irish Bird Report for the year 1953 was published in 1954 by the Irish Ornithologists Club. It was edited by the late Major Robert F. Ruttledge. The report continued in this format until the 23rd Annual Report for 1975 was published in 1976. By this time Ken Preston had taken over as editor from Major Ruttledge. Subsequent to 1976 Irish Bird Reports were included in the journal, Irish Birds, published by the Irish Wildbird Conservancy (now known as BirdWatch Ireland).


The 51st and last Irish Bird Report for 2003, edited by Paul Milne, appeared in Irish Birds volume 7 number 4 published in 2005. In the intervening years Hugh Brazier, Jim Dowdall, Jim Fitzharris, Kieran Grace, Pat Smiddy, Oran O'Sullivan, Dave McAdams and Eric Dempsey have all undertaken editorial duties at various times. The current editor, since the 2008 report, is Kieran Fahy.


In 2005 a decision to amend the scope of the report was taken by the Irish Rare Birds Committee which 'brought forward a change in the format of rare bird recording in Ireland for 2004 and henceforth, which will see the IRBC focus solely on rare bird recording' (IRBC 2006). For more details on this decision click here.


This new approach was immediately implemented and the Irish Bird Report made way for the Irish Rare Bird Report (IRBR). The first IRBR for 2004 was published in Irish Birds volume 8 number 1 in 2006. Subsequent reports are in Irish Birds volume 8 numbers 3 & 4 and volume 9. The 2005 to 2012 reports are also available for download as PDF documents through this website by following the links in the right hand column. Irish Birds is published annually and is available from Wings, the BirdWatch Ireland online shop.


Irish Rare Bird Report File Sizes

Please note the large file size of each report before begining to download. The PDF documents are of various sizes up to 7MB.


Reference:

Irish Rare Birds Committee 2006. Irish Rare Bird Report 2004. Irish Birds 8(1): 107-108.

 

2012 Irish Rare Bird Report

Click here for the 2012 IRBR introduction notes. You may also download the full report on this page.


2011 Irish Rare Bird Report

Click here for the 2011 IRBR introduction notes. You may also download the full report on this page.


2010 Irish Rare Bird Report

Click here for the 2010 IRBR introduction notes. You may also download the full report on this page.


2009 Irish Rare Bird Report

Click here for the 2009 IRBR introduction notes. You may also download the full report on this page.


2008 Irish Rare Bird Report

Click here for the 2008 IRBR introduction notes. You may also download the full report on this page.


2007 Irish Rare Bird Report

Click here for the 2007 IRBR introduction notes. You may also download the full report on this page.


2006 Irish Rare Bird Report

Click here for the 2006 IRBR introduction notes. You may also download the full report on this page.


2005 Irish Rare Bird Report

Click here for the 2005 IRBR introduction notes. You may also download the full report on this page.


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