Dataset Details - Rare birds of Ireland
A database of the sightings of rare birds whose records have been assessed and accepted by the Irish Rare Birds Committee.
09/04/2018
02/05/2018
To maintain a list of the birds recorded in the Republic of Ireland and its inshore waters, managed by the Irish Rare Birds Committee. The Irish Rare Birds Committee assess records of certain rare and scarce species, adjudicates on their accuracy and publishes the accepted records annually as the Irish Bird Report.
Sighting are made or reported by birdwatchers. Sighting are assessed by the Irish Rare Bird Commitee using whatever evidence is available. Traditionally this took the form of written notes, field sketches or sound recordings, but in recent years confirmation is more often by photographic evidence that is published in the popular birding press, posted on the internet or submitted directly to the Committee.
Principally, the coverage is the Republic of Ireland and its the inshore waters up to 30km from the nearest land or where relevant, the median point between Ireland and Great Britain. Some 'At sea' records are also included. Thesre refer to records of birds outside the 30 km limit but still within the Exclusive Economic Zone which extends to approximately 370 km (200 nautical miles) offshore or where relevant, the median point between Ireland and Great Britain.
1767-2015
The data are to the highest standard. All of the sightings included in the dataset have been verified either by an expert or in recent decades by the Irish Rare Birds Committee. The records are regularly review and if necessary revised, based on advances in species identification of some of the more difficult groups.
The dataset is almost complete. There are some historic sighting where there is insufficent information to enable the sightings to be mapped accurately. All records were compiled by Kieran Fahy and made available to the Data Centre for mapping.
More information on rarities and the work of the Irish Rare Birds Committed can be found from the website http://www.irbc.ie
Irish Rare Bird Committee
Restricted (Data can be viewed on the mapping system but is not available for download)
Irish Rare Bird Committee, Rare birds of Ireland, National Biodiversity Data Centre, Ireland, accessed 16 October 2018, <https://maps.biodiversityireland.ie/Dataset/271>
Dataset species distribution

Terrestrial Map - 10km

Distribution of the number of species recorded within each 10km grid square (ITM).
Live Map

Marine Map - 50Km

Distribution of the number of species recorded within each 50km grid square (WGS84).
Live Map
Dataset record distribution

Terrestrial Map - 10km

Distribution of the number of records within each 10km grid square (ITM).
Live Map

Marine Map - 50Km

Distribution of the number of records within each 50km grid square (WGS84).
Live Map
Dataset Contacts
Irish Rare Bird Committee
IRBC Secretary
N/A
N/A
secretary@irbc.ie
Records per year
Species per year
Date Statistics
Resolution No. records
Day 5561
Day Range 4223
Year 559
1767
2015
Record Statistics

10343

2525

272

0

Resolution No. records
100m 0
1km 10094
2km 0
10km 249
50km 0
Dataset Attributes
Attribute Description
Abundance Measure of abundance of the organism recorded
Age or sex The age or sex of the organism if known
County Name of administrative county within which the record was made
Grid reference comment An explanatory note on the grid reference associated with each record
Record comment A comment associated with any individual record
Source Original source of data
Recorded Species
TaxonId PrefnameTaxonId Name Authority Group Rank Records
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