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Indoor Events
Month  Day  Time  Speaker  Topic  Venue
 November  Thursday 22nd  19:45  Richard Nairn  Conservation in Action  Blue Bar, Skerries
 January  Fri 265th  8:30  ~  GREAT ANNUAL TABLE QUIZ  Skerries Rugby Club
 February  Thur 7th  19:45   Niamh Fitzgerald  25 Years of the Irish Wetland Bird Survey  Blue Bar, Skerries
 March        Thur 7th  20:00
   Portrane Little Tern Project
 Keelings bar, Donabate

                                 Directions to Skerries Rugby Club

he branch would like to thank the following for their generous support in sponsoring prizes at our Annual Fundraising Quiz night:
Tesco Rush
Seasons Skerries
Di Vino Skerries
C&T Skerries
Stacks pharmacy Skerries
Skerries hardware
Olives Skerries
Red island wine Skerries
Outdoor Studio
Michael & Alison Branagan



 Outdoor Events
 Month  Day  Time  Topic  Venue
 Nov '18  17th       10:30  Field trip East Coast Nature Reserve Meet in ECNR 
 Feb '19
 23rd 10:15  Dundalk Bay

 Meet Dundalk Docks

 May '19  5th  19:30  DAWN CHORUS, –a guided walk in Turvey Nature Park

Meet 07:00 at Car Park

 May '19  7th  07:00  DUSK CHORUS, –a guided walk in Ardgillan Park  Meet 19:00 at Upper Car Park. Park closes at 21:00
 July '19  6th  07:30  Field trip to Shenick Island.  Meeeting point at the Brook Stream, South Strand Skerries

What is the Dawn Chorus?

National Dawn Chorus Day - a day when many first-time bird watchers (or bird-listeners!) across Ireland will set their alarm clocks a little earlier than usual and go out to enjoy a morning of beautiful birdsong. BirdWatch Ireland will be running outings starting in darkness throughout the country … some as early as 4am!.

Woodland and garden birds sing throughout the day, so why not just listen to them then? Well, that is certainly a very worthwhile thing to do, but the most amazing thing about the period just before dawn is the sheer number of birds singing and the high volume of their songs. People who have never before experienced a full dawn chorus in a woodland park or even a well-wooded garden are often astonished by how many birds seem to be involved.

As first light approaches, a Robin will often be the first bird to start off (often while it is still dark), quickly followed by other members of the Thrush family: Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and Mistle Thrushes. Then all the smaller birds such as Chaffinches, Great Tits Dunnocks and Blackcaps will add their voices into the rising cacophony. Finally the gentle cooing of Wood pigeons often provides a soothing background, just as the sun breaks the horizon.”

The dawn chorus is one of nature's greatest spectacles, one that is so easily missed as it all takes place before we're even out of bed. If you and your family are interested in hearing the dawn chorus for yourselves, with experts on hand to tell you all about the birds that you are hearing, then why not make a date to take part in one of the free dawn chorus events (open to members and non-members alike) that are being run by BirdWatch Ireland branches across the country on 15th May?

All events are open to the public and are free of charge; it is not necessary to be a member of BirdWatch Ireland to attend. Children are very welcome, but must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Please note that dogs and other pets are not permitted.

We hope to see you there! 

Frank Prendergast 
PRO Fingal Branch of BirdWatch Ireland