Irish Wetland Bird Survey (I-WeBS) Trend Report 1994-2020
Date Released: Friday, April 1, 2022
NPWS, working with BirdWatch Ireland have just launched the Irish Wetland Bird Survey (I-WeBS) Trends Report. This report provides national and site-specific trends for all waterbird species covered by I-WeBS for the period 1994-2020.
There are some very positive trends, such as the Little Egret’s colonisation of Ireland, with the wintering population having increased by a whopping 483% since 1994. - graph below.
Sadly not all trends are positive. In particular, Ireland’s populations of waders and diving ducks are experience major and ongoing national population declines. For example, over-wintering Lapwing numbers have declined by 63% since 1994. - graph below.
|Species||National - 5 Year||National - 12 Year||National - 23 Year||Long Term Trend|
|Grey Plover||-30.6||-39.4||-57.8||Large Decline|
|Golden Plover||-16.9||-58.1||-54.1||Large Decline|