A huge amount of work is undertaken by our NGO's to help understand human impacts and inform the public and cross sector agencies to mitigate those impacts


Birdwatch Ireland

Birdwatch Ireland is the largest independent conservation organisation in Ireland. The primary objective of BirdWatch Ireland is the protection of wild birds and their habitats in Ireland.

In order to fulfil this objective they undertake a wide variety of work:

  • Species and Habitat Conservation
  • Research and Surveys
  • Reserves
  • Advocacy and Policy
  • Fun and Learning

To visit the Birdwatch Ireland Website click here

Irish Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Society of Ireland is a voluntary organisation dedicated to advancement of herpetology in Ireland through education, outreach, and citizen science.

Globally herpetofauna, and particularly amphibians, are among the most critically imperiled species. Since our inception in 2009, our mission has been to raise awareness of these magnificent species, both here in Ireland and further afield, and to act as a ambassadors for their protection.

To visit the Herpetological Website click here

The Irish Seal Sanctuary

Irish Seal Sanctuary is a professionally run wildlife hospital, rescue and rehabilitation facility. We are sustained largely by voluntary effort and donations from the public.

Ireland has 6,000 km of coastline excluding islands and has jurisdiction over 18% of European waters. At the ISS we provide a rescue and rehabilitation service for the entire country. Over the past 20 years we have seen a dramatic increase in the demand on our services. We currently deal with in excess of 1,000 telephone calls every year reporting injured or distressed seals, or marine related incidents.

The Irish Seal Sanctuary deals mainly with seals, (Grey seal and Harbour Seals) but has also rescued dolphins, porpoises, otters, and numerous birds in distress.

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Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group was founded in 1990 to establish an All-Ireland sighting and stranding scheme and to campaign for the declaration of Irish territorial waters as a Whale and Dolphin sanctuary.

Since then, the group has grown in numbers to become what it is today, a diverse group of people from varying backgrounds with one thing in common, a passion for whales and dolphins and the marine environment. The IWDG is a registered charity (No. CHY11163), registered with the Charity Regulatory Authority (No. 20029913) and receives funding from a range of sources., such as core funding from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment through the Irish Environmental Network, grants from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, membership subscriptions.

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Bat Conservation Ireland

Bat Conservation Ireland was founded in 2004 and is composed of a diverse mix of conservationists, researchers and others with who are committed to wildlife conservation in Ireland. We particularly seek to address the potential conflicts that sometimes arise between humans and bats in dwelling houses.

BCIreland aims to promote the conservation of bats in Ireland. We do this by:

  • Disseminating educational material, giving talks and leading bat walks, running detector workshops and bi-annual conferences
  • Carry out nationwide surveys
  • Actively promoting bat conservation
  • Training
  • Data collection

To visit the Bat Conservation Ireland website click here


Crann ‘Trees for Ireland’ is a Membership based organisation set up to raise awareness of the environmental importance of trees, hedgerows and woodland.

Ireland was once covered in broadleaved trees. Most of our native woodland was destroyed over the centuries and along with it the rich ecosystems it supported. Crann promote the sustainable use of Irish grown hardwoods, develop public awareness of the value of our woodlands and encourage the art and crafts associated with our native grown timber.

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ECOUNESCO are a leading environmental education and youth organisation working to channel the passion, creativity and energy of young people into positive environmental action. Through our range of programmes and services we inspire, educate, empower and support young people to act.

This is achieved through three strands:

  • Youth programmes
  • Awards programmes
  • Training programme

To visit the ECOUNESCO website click here