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Welcome and thank you for visiting our site. Do you have a special interest in Woodcock? If the answer is "yes" perhaps you may find this information of interest to you and it may help to increase your knowledge of this migratory game bird who visits Ireland in large numbers in late Autumn and Winter.

Want to know more?
The National Woodcock Association of Ireland was founded on the 17th of November 2003 to act as a focal point for woodcock enthusiasts. The main aims of the association are to develop an understanding among enthusiasts and other interested parties, the need for conservation of woodcock and their habitat, under the following headings.

  • To develop and take part in research, that will advance our knowledge of wintering woodcock.
  • To develop and take part in research that will advance our knowledge of native woodcock.
  • To develop a strategy that will manage our attitude to woodcock into the future
  • To develop educational programmes.
  • To work in co-operation with National and European organisations.
  • To act as a lobby group, to maintain woodcock as a sporting game bird in Ireland.

It is important to be very clear at this point, this is not a hunting organisation, the associations functions will benefit hunters in the long term, but this associations prime objectives are based on research and accumulation of data on woodcock which are resident in Ireland and on woodcock which visit Ireland in the Autumn/Winter from their breeding grounds in Northern Europe. In order to expand the association you are invited to become involved, there are many surveys and programmes that require co-operation on a National scale. We need your help if we are to develop the knowledge that we require to establish an overview of woodcock and their activities throughout Ireland.

Click on the application form to join. Click on the European Union Management Plan
for Woodcock Scolopax rusticola 2006 -2009

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