Photo copyright Harold
Photo copyright Paul
and Andrea Kelly
Photo copyright Paul
and Andrea Kelly
Birds - this site, maintained by Clive Hutchinson,
provides an overall "clickable"
map to key birding hotspots in Ireland (under "Where to Watch Birds in
Ireland"). Seperate sections also refer to specialized sites in Cork
County, as well as the Cape
Clear and Copeland Bird Observatories. See especially the Cape
Clear Island information.
Bird Images - This page is dedicated to what a foreign birder
need or want to know about a birding trip to Ireland. It provides a list
of contacts and references which may be of use to you:-
in Ireland - Ireland is undoubtedly one of the most
birding destinations in Europe. Although it possesses fewer breeding species
than neighboring countries, it has relatively healthy populations of some
species that are in serious decline elsewhere, such as Roseate Tern and
Reserves in Northern Ireland - Our nature reserves
in Northern Ireland offer
some outstanding birdwatching. The summer seabird spectacular on Rathlin
Island - with guillemots packed on to cliff ledges and comical puffins
nesting in burrows - is always a delight. The waterfowl on reserves such
as Lough Foyle and Portmore Lough provide more excitement later in the
year, as geese and whooper swans arrive to spend the winter. In the summer,
many of Northern Ireland's nature reserves provide nesting grounds for
snipe, redshanks and other wading birds.
Ireland Reserves - BirdWatch Ireland maintains a growing
of bird reserves around the country, all located in areas of conservation
importance for birds.
Ireland - Birdwatching - from GORP. Ireland's location at the
end of Europe gives it a special role in the lives of birds in every season,
from breeding sea bird cliffs to viewing the spring migration. And, sometimes,
a North American warbler or wader gets blown off course across the Atlantic
to land on Irelands shores. Includes a section on where to watch birds
& Wetlands Trust - Castle Espie - operated by the Wildfowl
Trust. These centres act
as safe havens for thousands of internationally important wetland birds,
forming a focus for WWT's unsurpassed scientific expertise.
in Northern Ireland - Official Site of the Northern
Tourist Board. Directions
are provided to birding sites in:
around Clonakilty Bay - Birdwatching around Clonakilty
Belfast & Environs
Bay can be very rewarding.
It affords easy access and viewing all around both estuarys and lagoons.
Nature Reserves (NNR) in Northern Ireland - There are at
least 50 very special places
in Northern Ireland where you can study wildlife at close range and escape
the pressures of life. These places allow you to get close to the
secret world of nature and are managed by the Environment and Heritage
Service and its partners to protect the wildlife for you and for our future.
A clickable map directs you to each of these sites, many of which are key
Neah in Northern Ireland - see pine martens, crested
the largest lake in the
British Isles and one of the largest in Europe
to Watch Birds in Kerry County - Kerry is one
of the most
important counties in Ireland
for bird watching. Many of the birds on the Irish list have been seen or
are to be found here. Over all you could notch up to 300 species in Kerry.
& Wildfowl at Strangford Lough- Strangford's
rich marine life
attracts a vast variety
of birdlife. The area is a wetland of international importance supporting
some 25,000 wildfowl and 50,000 waders. The Lough is a bird sanctuary and
wildlife preserve, now designated a Marine Nature Reserve under the protection
of the Department of the Environment.
and Natural History on The
Dingle Peninsula - Bird Watching
Report - Ireland (Feb.'99 ) - by John Girdley (follow the Ireland
link on the main page. A
group of ten birders from Lancaster, took a mini-bus to Ireland, with the
intention of seeing a representative selection of Irelands winter birds.
The emphasis was on Gulls and Wildfowl although with hindsight we should
perhaps have concentrated on the Gulls!