Irish Ringers Conference


16th November 2008


Department of Zoology, Ecology and Plant Science, UCC


The Annual Irish Ringers Meeting will take place in the Cooperage Building at the UCC city campus, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork. Please click here for a map.


Draft Programme

09.00 Registration
09.30 JOHN O'HALLORAN, Welcome Address 
JOHN QUINN, Keynote Address 

JOHN QUINN, Keynote Address
Predation Risk and Individual Behavioural Variation in Birds





Birds and Agriculture (Chair: John O'Halloran) 

ANNE-MARIE DEVITT, Testing the effectiveness of agri-environment options for Yellowhammer Emberiza citronella in Northern Ireland. Abstract.

BARRY McMAHON, Rapid assessment of bird species richness and diversity within agricultural landscapes using the Field Boudnary Evaluation and Grading System. Abstract.

DEREK McLOUGHLIN, The Twite Carduelis flavirostris in Ireland. Abstract.

11.05 Tea & Coffee








Coastal and Wetland Birds (Chair: Steve Newton)

STUART BEARHOP. Interactions between Northern Gannets Morus bassanus and fisheries in the Celtic Sea: a multi-tool approach combining GIS, vessel monitoring data and stable isotopes. Abstract.

MAEVE BOYLAN. Feeding ecology of the chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax in Ireland. Abstract.

KENDREW COLHOUN. Migrations of Greenland Barnacle Geese Branta leucopsis: preliminary results from satellite telemetry. Abstract.

ANITA DONAGHY. Breeding wader research on the Shannon Callows 2007/2008. Abstract.

LORNA WHITESIDE. Lapwing Vanellus vanellus recovery project Northern Ireland. Abstract.

MERITA O'CONNELL. The 'flamingo swan': a new feather condition in the Mute Swan Cygnus olor and a possible indicator of eutrophic water. Abstract.

13.00 Lunch











Bird Surveys and Human Interactions (Chair: Alan Lauder)

BRIAN CAFFREY. Bird Atlas 2007-2011. Abstract.

CAMERON CLOTWORTHY.  Breeding Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria in the Owenduff/Nephin complex SPA, County Mayo. Abstract.

MARC RUDDOCK. Research and solutions into wildlife and sporting conflicts - Peregrines Falco peregrinus and pigeons Columba livia var. domestica in Northern Ireland. Abstract.

RICHARD COOMBES. Countryside Bird Survey. Abstract.

SINEAD CUMMINS. The changing fortunes of Red Grouse Lagopus lagopus in Ireland: results of the national Red Grouse Survey 2006-08. Abstract.

ROBERT FENNELLY. The influence of edge habitat on biodiversity in a novel crop environment: bird diversity in irish plantations of Elephant Grass Miscanthus x giganteusAbstract.

TOM KELLY. The racing pigeon Columba livia var. domestica and its management in relation to aviation safety in Ireland. Abstract.

OISIN SWEENEY. Bird diversity and abundance in different stages of the forest cycle in first and second rotation plantation forests. Abstract.

16.15 Tea & Coffee







Predators and Prey (Chair: Tom Kelly)

DAMIAN CLARKE. Breeding ecology of the Common Buzzard Buteo buteo on the east coast of Ireland. Abstract.

MARK WILSON. Habitat selection around nest sites by Hen Harriers Circus cyaneus in Ireland. Abstract.  

JOHN LUSBY. The ecology of the Barn Owl Tyto alba in Ireland, with special reference to habitat selection and foraging requirements. Abstract.

LORCAN O'TOOLE. The reintroduction of Golden Eagles Aquilla chrysaetos into the Republic of Ireland. Abstract.

BARRY O'DONOGHUE. Non-breeding ecology of Hen Harriers Circus cyaneus in Ireland. Abstract.  

17.45 JOHN O'HALLORAN, Close of meeting


Cork Ornithological Research Conference 2008

School of BEES, University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland