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Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group

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The Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group (NIRSG) is a volunteer organisation that exists to promote the knowledge of raptor biology and populations through volunteer field-based research, working in partnership with landowners, industry, statutory agencies and non-government organisations.

The NIRSG key objectives are:
  • to study, research, survey and monitor raptors (birds of prey) across Northern Ireland
  • to encourage the conservation of raptors in Northern Ireland and elsewhere
  • to provide information on breeding raptors to relevant statutory and non-statutory bodies in Northern Ireland
  • to raise the awareness and profile of all native raptor species and the issues facing them
  • to inform and assist the protection and wildlife agency (NIEA) and the police (PSNI) regarding suspected illegal persecution of raptors
  • to collaborate with other researchers and research organisations to develop our raptor research and monitoring programmes

What we do:
  • Annual peregrine population study
  • Monitoring studies of other raptors particularly hen harrier, merlin, buzzard, kestrel and buzzard populations
  • Ringing of nestling raptors
  • Reporting and identification of raptor persecution in NI, including liaising with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) who is responsible for investigating reports on suspected wildlife crime
  • Working with the quarrying industry in protecting biodiversity
  • Liaison with forestry managers to protect nesting raptors
  • Rescue and rehabilitation of injured raptors
  • Assisting scientific work with other research organisations and universities


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