The IUCN Red List is the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species.

Its overall aim is to convey the urgency and scale of conservation problems and to motivate the global community to try to reduce species extinctions. It uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of thousands of species and subspecies


Birdwatch Ireland and RSPB Northern Ireland have agreed a list of priority bird species.

Red List: 18 Species (global conservation concern):

Black-necked Grebe, Common Scoter, Hen Harrier, Red Grouse, Grey Partridge, Quail, Corncrake, Lapwing, Curlew, Red-necked Phalarope, Roseate Tern, Barn Owl, Nightjar, Ring Ouzel, Chough, Twite, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting.

Amber List: 77 species (unfavourable conservation status in Europe):

Red-throated diver, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Black-throated diver, Scaup, Eider, Great Crested Grebe, Golden eye, Red-breasted Merganser, Cory's Shearwater, Goosander, Goshawk, Great Shearwater, Merlin, Peregrine, Sooty Shearwater, Water Rail, Spotted Crake, Manx Shearwater, Coot, Golden Plover, Storm Petrel, Grey Plover, Knot, Leach's Petrel, Dunlin, Jack Snipe, Gannet, Snipe, Woodcock, Cormorant, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Little Egret, Redshank, Little Gull, Bewick's Swan, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed gull, Whooper Swan, Common gull, Sandwich Tern, Greenland White-fronted Goose, Common Tern, Artic Tern, Greylag Goose, Little Tern, Guillemot, Barnacle, Goose, Razorbill,Black Guillemot, Brent Goose, Puffin, Stock Dove, Shelduck, Cuckoo, Short-eared Owl, Wigeon,Kingfisher, Skylark, Gadwall, Sandmartin, Swallow, Teal, Yellow Wagtail, Redstart, Pintail, Whinchat, Stonechat, Garganey, Grasshopper Warbler, Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Wood Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher and Redpoll.

Green list: All other regularly appearing species in Ireland with favourable status.