Over the next few weeks our ecology team will introduce some of our favourite species and describe their role within Irish ecosystems.
First up with her favourite species is our Ecologist Rebecca Duane and the Buzzard. Buzzards (Buteo buteo) are one of our top predators. These birds help regulate populations of small mammals and birds, maintaining a balanced ecosystem. Although not currently endangered or threatened in Ireland, it is essential to protect their habitats during construction projects to ensure their continued presence. Buzzards are highly adaptable and can be found in a variety of habitats, from woodlands to blogland’s. After once being declared extinct in Ireland, Scottish birds began to colonise Northern Ireland throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Numbers have been steadily increasing with a large rise seen during the early 2000’s. Today they are one of our most common birds of prey!
Our team carry out bird surveys year-round from breeding birds to wintering birds and everything in between!