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How to participate

Taking part in Spring Alive is simple and fun
The Spring Alive project is a simple birdwatching survey. All you need to do is register your first sightings of Swallow, Cuckoo, Swift and White Stork on-line every year.
 
Thanks to your observations, scientists in BirdLife will be able to analyse the results to track the arrival of spring every year, as well as identify the week when most people have seen their first spring migrants. This information will help us to find out lots about bird migrations right across Europe.
How to submit data
Submitting your records is very easy - just follow these simple steps:
  1. Learn about the Spring Alive bird species – Cuckoo, Swallow, Swift and White Stork and find out when they appear in Ireland.  Remember that you will probably not see a White Stork, as they only visit Ireland very rarely.
  2. When you see or hear the Spring Alive birds for the first time this year go to our Spring Alive website. Remember! We are only interested in your earliest record of each species!
  3. Go to the submission form (Section “Add your sightings”) and fill in all the required fields, remembering to tell us where and when you have spotted the birds. When you have filled in all the fields, send the form to us by clicking “submit” button.
  4. Next, check the maps to see if your first observation has moved spring forward!
  5. Tell your friends that they can help us as well.
Keep an eye out for the Spring Alive species
To find out when the Spring Alive species should be appearing in your area, go to the section "Take a closer look at the species".
When you see or hear the bird, all you need to do is remember the date and county where you saw it. You don’t have to remember the number of birds you saw or the exact place.
You should keep an eye out for the Spring Alive species in your neighbourhood, around your school or even if you are out on a walk. It doesn't matter where you live: you are more likely to find Swallows and Cuckoos in the countryside, but Swifts are commonest in towns and cities.
Finally, be sure to add your records to our website, so we can add them to our maps.