The Charities Regulator has appointed inspectors to carry out an investigation into the company behind BirdWatch Ireland, which is a registered charity.
The watchdog said that it was important to note that the opening of a statutory investigation into Irish Wildbird Conservancy was not in itself a finding of any wrongdoing.
A number of concerns had been raised to the regulator about Birdwatch Ireland in March and September 2019.
The charity then engaged with the regulator during 2019, but an issue of further concern was identified early this year, as part of a review.
“While the Charities Regulator acknowledges Birdwatch Ireland’s engagement with it on the concerns raised, the Charities Regulator has determined that a statutory investigation into the charity is warranted,” the watchdog’s chief executive Helen Martin (pictured) said.