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Bird Race 2017


Here you will find information about the branch, our events and birding in West Cork.

If you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to contact the webmaster.

The Branch holds twenty to twenty-five outdoor and indoor events each year and these are open to the Public.  The only exception to this is when a boat trip is involved, in which case the outing is limited to BirdWatch Ireland members only because of insurance.  With exception of special trips, entry to our events is free.

On our outings you can learn to recognise birds and discover all about their habits and the habitats they live in.  You can discover the amazing spectacle of migration and see birds from America, Europe and Asia which turn up on West Cork headlands each autumn and spring.  We always ensure great leaders and each outing is well organised.  We provide information on the walking difficulty of the outing: easy, moderate or severe.  Recently we have also invested in optical equipment for loan to beginners at our outings.

Please come along and enjoy the nature of West Cork.

"Birds of a feather flock together at the West Cork Bird Race" - read Damien Enright's article in the Examiner, 06th Febuary 2017.

"Bird Race is a sure way to kick start the feel good factor" - read Damien Enright's article in the Examiner, 16th January 2017.

"Something to Crow About!" - read the fantastic article about the branch, which appeared in the Southern Star, 26th January 2015.

Our next event is:

Throughout April 2017

West Cork peninsulas – Spring migration
Same format as previous years: Peter Wolstenholme, Nicholas Mitchell,  Paul Connaughton, Paul Hadland & Mike Cobley will lead outings to the Old Head, Galley Head & Mizen Head when conditions are suitable, which could be any day of the week.  In order to receive text alerts for spring 2017, please email Nicholas Mitchell with your mobile number.

Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th May 2017

Cape Clear – Spring migration
Overnight stay on Cape Clear.

Sat 13th    12:00pm        Meet at Cape Clear Observatory for afternoon walk; meal at Cotters in                                         the evening.
Sun 14th    4:30am        Bird outing before breakfast & again after.
During the weekend there will be an opportunity to visit the mist nets while bird are being ringed.
Hostel style self-catering accommodation is available at the Observatory & An Óige Hostel. Please see website &/or contact Nicholas Mitchell for further information.
Leader:   Various            Toilet facilities:  Yes        Walk:  Moderate/strenuous


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Hoopoe, Spring 2015, Timoleague.

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