Restoring Ireland's Natural Landscape

The Eco Restoration Trust (also known as The Curlew Trust) is a fully registered Irish charity which was established in 1978 by a young Dublin schoolboy. It was originally set up to try and protect Ireland’s dwindling natural habitats and wildlife in a time of rapid change as increased levels of industrialisation, population growth and urbanisation threatened Ireland’s wonderful traditional biodiversity. Today, it has grown into a major international conservation charity with many important conservation projects in Ireland and around the world. Our Charity is involved in conservation biodiversity projects all over Ireland and the United Kingdom and has a number of significant international projects which it is involved in with its partners across Asia, Africa and the Americas.

This project is being managed by recognised experts in the field of 'Raptor Re-introduction', our partners; The Golden Eagle Trust (GET).

The GET, a well-known conservation charity, have been leading the way for decades with their knowhow and expertise in successfully implementing high-profile and nationally important restoration projects such as the Golden Eagle, White-Tailed Eagle and Red Kite re-introduction programmes in Ireland. Learn more about this new, inspiring project and how you can help through the associated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) opportunities for your business or by volunteering personally.

Brand Activation Through Conservation.


New Project! Rewilding in Co. Wicklow

The Trust is delighted to acquire a new plot - previously for a site for agricultural usage - for a significant new Rewilding Project in the 'Garden Of Ireland', Co. Wicklow. Restoration work is already underway including the planting of 50,000 native tree species!

Other Flagship Projects

Curlew Conservation

The original inspiration for our organisation! Sadly, Curlew numbers are still plummeting. Urgent action and policy changes are required to avert the extinction of this species as a breeding species on this island.

Native Woodland Plantations

We have already planted over 20,000 native Irish trees in 15 different new sites across Ireland. A lot more to do! Please plant a tree today!

Pine Marten

Reduced to small limited areas in the West, this rare mammal has
been spreading its range considerably in Ireland and the UK, which is
a very welcome development as the Pine Marten plays a crucial role in maintaining red squirrel numbers and saving trees by controlling the invasive grey squirrel.

Natterjack Toad Conservation

New habitats for Ireland’s only native toad are essential, as it is one of only three native Irish amphibians. New coastal colonies are needed for this very rare native toad’s future.

White-Tailed Sea Eagle Reintroduction

(2007-2012) Wild chicks from Norway were released in phases at Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry. This magnificent Eagle is now back breeding in four counties!

Golden Eagle Reintroduction

(2001-2006) Wild chicks from Scotland were successfully released in phases at Glenveagh National Park, Co. Donegal. A number of pairs now breed again in the mountains of Donegal!

Red Kite Reintroduction

(2007-2012) Wild chicks from Wales were successfully released in Avoca, Co. Wicklow and two other sites. This beautiful bird is now back breeding in at least four counties.

Greater Spotted Woodpecker Restoration

(2003-2005) Wild birds from Britain were restored to Laragh, Co. Wicklow and this little Woodpecker is now breeding in at least three counties.

Grey Partridge Releases

(1995-2015) Wild birds from France were intermixed with native stock and released in Boora, Co. Offaly, which saved this special farmland bird from certain extinction. The current restricted range on this bird needs to be expanded.

Red Grouse Habitat Restoration

(1998-2008) at Co. Mayo and other Uplands in Sligo, Wicklow and Offaly Ireland’s sub-species is unique to this island.

Irish Red Squirrel

Aided by the spread of Pine Martens which has controlled the alien grey squirrel.

Newt Conservation

Creation of wildlife ponds to provide new habitats for newts given the loss of so many ponds due to the intensification of agriculture.

Ways to Engage and Contribute!

Membership Details

Just €90 per year will enrich your life and help the trust achieve its vision


Donations Welcome

Even small contributions make a big difference!


Volunteering Options

Our projects are amazing experiences that always benefit from volunteers