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The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in the 1960's developed the first established approach in dealing with the presentation of information on rare and threatened species.

More formal IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria were developed in the early nineties to further objectively assess and prioritise species for conservation purposes at a global scale. A review of these categories and criteria was completed in 1998 and 1999 and the current version the IUCN Red list categories and criteria (Version 3.1) is now widely used around the world for species assessments (IUCN 2001).  The IUCN also produce regularly updated guidelines for using the categories and criteria (IUCN 2010), and have produced guidelines for applying the criteria at a regional level (IUCN 2003).

NPWS and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency are currently formulating All-Ireland red lists and books, which will include many more Irish species in need of conservation assessment. Red data lists and books are underway for the following groups; Moths, Lichens, Bryophytes, and Seaweeds as well as an update of the Red list for Vascular Plants.

BirdWatch Ireland and the RSPB NI have produced a list of Birds of Conservation Concern (BoCCI) in Ireland.  This was updated by: Lynas, P., Newton, S.F. & Robinson, J.A. (2009) The status of birds in Ireland: an analysis of conservation concern 2008-2013. Irish Birds, 8(2): 149-166.

Series Editors: Naomi Kingston & Ferdia Marnell
ISSN 2009 - 2016

Ireland Red List No.8: Bryophytes Title: icon_pdf Ireland Red List No.8: Bryophytes (1,706KB)
Year: 2012
Author: Lockhart, N., Hodgetts, N., Holyoak, D.
Series: Red Lists
Ireland Red List No. 7 - Mayflies (Ephemeroptera) Title: icon_pdf Ireland Red List No. 7 - Mayflies (Ephemeroptera) (1,014KB)
Year: 2012
Author: Kelly-Quinn, M., Regan, E.
Series: Red Lists
Ireland Red List No.6 - Damselflies and Dragonflies (Odonata) Title: icon_pdf Ireland Red List No.6 - Damselflies and Dragonflies (Odonata) (1,633KB)
Year: 2011
Author: Nelson, B.; Ronayne, C.; Thompson, R.
Series: Red Lists
Ireland Red List No. 5: Amphibians, Reptiles & Freshwater Fish Title: icon_pdf Ireland Red List No. 5: Amphibians, Reptiles & Freshwater Fish (1,581KB)
Year: 2011
Author: King, J.L.; Marnell, F.; Kingston, N.; Rosell, R.; Boylan, P.; Caffrey, J.M.; FitzPatrick, Ú.; Gargan, P.G.; Kelly, F.L.; O’Grady, M.F.; Poole, R.; Roche, W.K.; Cassidy, D.
Series: Red Lists
Ireland Red List No. 4: Butterflies Title: icon_pdf Ireland Red List No. 4: Butterflies (2,199KB)
Year: 2010
Author: Regan, E.C.; Nelson, B.; Aldwell, B.; Bertrand, C.; Bond, K.; Harding, J.; Nash, D.; Nixon, D.; Wilson, C.J.
Series: Red Lists
Irish Red List No. 3 - Terrestrial Mammals Title: icon_pdf Irish Red List No. 3 - Terrestrial Mammals (3,674KB)
Year: 2009
Author: Marnell, F.; Kingston, N.; Looney, D.
Series: Red Lists
Irish Red List No. 2 - Non-marine Molluscs Title: icon_pdf Irish Red List No. 2 - Non-marine Molluscs (12,057KB)
Year: 2009
Author: Byrne, A.; Moorkens, E.A.; Anderson, R.; Killeen, I.J.; Regan, E.C.
Series: Red Lists
Irish Red List No. 1 - Water beetles Title: icon_pdf Irish Red List No. 1 - Water beetles (7,267KB)
Year: 2009
Author: Foster, G.N.; Nelson, B.H.; O Connor, �.
Series: Red Lists
The Regional Red List of Irish Bees Title: icon_pdf The Regional Red List of Irish Bees (574KB)
Year: 2006
Author: Fitzpatrick, U.; Murray, T.E.; Byrne, A.; Paxton, R.J.; Brown, M.J.F.
Series: Red Lists
The Irish Red Data Book - 1 Vascular Plants Title: icon_pdf The Irish Red Data Book - 1 Vascular Plants (399KB)
Year: 1988
Author: Curtis, T.G.F.; McGough, H.N.
Series: Red Lists

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