Several members of McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan's Ornithology team attended the 7th Ornithological Research Conference held at University College Cork on Saturday November 25th. The event comprised oral and poster presentations from submitted abstracts, and also included the Annual Irish Ringers Meeting on Sunday November 26th.
Over 150 delegates attended the conference, which featured an abundance of high quality oral and poster presentations, including a poster presentation prepared by Alex Ash and Stephen Corrigan of MKO’s Ornithology team. Their poster entitled Waterfowl of the River Shannon and River Fergus Estuaries McCarthy, provided some background and preliminary results from a large- scale water bird survey of the Shannon and Fergus estuaries currently being undertaken by MKO under the auspices of the Strategic Integrated Framework Plan (SIFP) for the Shannon Estuary 2013-2020. The objective of this survey is to record bird usage across the entire estuary, allowing a comparative analysis of discrete subsites, with a particular focus on the SIFP identified areas.
A wide range of research topics were covered in almost 30 oral presentations relating to several bird groups, with the focus on waterbirds, seabirds, farmland birds, raptors and owls and key note presentations were given by Dr Tomas Gretar Gunnarsson, Director of the South Iceland Research Centre, University of Iceland on linking migration systems and demography in Icelandic breeding waders and Dr. Tom Kelly, UCC on the avifauna of the islands of Ireland, Britain and Iceland. A number of themes under discussion included the application and efficacy of emerging technologies in studying bird ecology, the results of long-term conservation projects and research on the effects of disturbance and development, including wind energy projects, the results of national surveys for various bird species and groups of conservation interest such as hen harrier, breeding waders, waterbirds and raptors, issues for avifauna relating to climate change and investigations into the ecology of species such as merlin, Greenland barnacle geese, sandwich tern, dipper and hen harrier.
A link to the abstracts is provided below: