The Kildare Branch of BirdWatch Ireland was founded in 2010, and since then has been a very active organization within the county. We hold monthly talks on the second Thursday of every month at 8pm in The Town House Hotel, Naas. These talks are based not only on birds but also on general conservation topics from BirdWatch Ireland members of staff and other national experts.

On the Saturday following the talk we have outings. These alternate between events within Kildare and surrounding counties. The outings are aimed at a mixture of levels with everyone from beginners to experienced birders catered for. We are always keen to meet new members and volunteers.

The branch is also involved in many different educational and conservation projects throughout the county. At the moment we are currently involved in a number of Nest Box Schemes (NBS). We have a NBS in Donadea Forest Park which is aimed at small songbirds, and a similar one in NUI Maynooth. In 2015 we expanded our remit to include a Swift Tower in Athy, which is the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland. Following on from the success of these various schemes we are now concentrating on Kestrels and Barn Owls and are working on nest box schemes for these iconic species.

Our group is also involved in such local events as Biodiversity Week, Heritage Week and Culture Night. We have strong links with Tidy Towns Groups and other local organizations. The branch has also been involved in a number of Green School Schemes.

Should you wish to contact us please feel free to come along to one of our events or email us at birdwatchkildare@gmail.com.