New Twitter rare bird alerts launched

Bird news alerts for Wexford and the East Coast via TwitterBirders and wildlife enthusiasts on Ireland’s East Coast (counties Louth, Meath, Dublin and Wicklow) and County Wexford can now receive free news of rare bird sightings direct to their mobile phones.

The services have been set up by birder, wildlife photographer and co-author of “Shorebirds of Ireland” Mark Carmody using the social networking website Twitter. He’s hoping to make up-to-the minute details of rare bird sightings available to local birders, as well as informing them of national rarities when something really unusual turns up.

To get updates on the web all you need to do is go to the relevant twitter profile in your browser ( for the east coast updates and for Wexford updates) – you don’t even need a twitter account to access the information via the web. To get updates in the field via your mobile phone you’ll need a Twitter account (you can sign up for free on

Once you have an account all you have to do is follow @ECoastBirdNews and @WexfordBirdNews on Twitter, and set your Twitter account to send you mobile updates from selected accounts, you’ll start getting the latest news for free on your phone.

Birders in Co. Cork have been enjoying similar  up-to-the-minute rare bird news since March 2010, when West Cork birder and environmental consultant Colin Barton launched @CorkBirdNews, harnessing Twitter’s burgeoning potential to keep Cork birders informed.

Don’t forget you can follow Ireland’s Wildlife on Twitter too!

About Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones is a freelance writer, author, birder and lifelong wildlife enthusiast. He is founder and managing editor of He is also the tour leader and wildlife guide on our West Cork based Discover Wildlife tours.
Calvin is also co-author of bestselling digital marketing titles and offers digital business consulting services and training through Digital Marketing Success

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