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West Cork Branch

Protecting birds and biodiversity in West Cork



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A list of our events can be found on our Facebook page, and can also be obtained by joining our mailing list. Click here to subscribe to our mailing list.

We would like to make members aware of the Cork Branch outings also, as many members are able to attend both. Their outings can be found on their website

Except where indicated, all events are free and non-Members are very welcome.

For further information, please contact the leader of each event.

Spring 2024

Sunday 11th February 2024
Bantry - Gulls & Divers

11:00am    Meet at the car park off the town square on the road to Supervalu (GPS 51.681065, -9.45507).  Bring suitable clothing & a picnic lunch.
Leader:     Jez Simms     087 689 6964        Toilet:    Yes        Walk:    Easy

Sunday 3rd March 2024
Timoleague & Courtmacsherry

Waders, Herons, Divers & Ravens
12:30pm    Meet at Timoleague Abbey (GPS 51.64386, -8.76360)
Leader:      Claire Deasy    087 694 5648        Toilets:    Yes        Walk:    Easy

Thursday 14th March 2024
Annual General Meeting & talk on Barn Owls by Alan McCarthy

7:30pm      AGM followed by talk at O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty

April 2024
West Cork peninsulas – Spring migration

The Branch will lead ad hoc 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 WhatsApp notifications, please WhatsApp Nicholas Mitchell at 087 121 5256.

Sunday 21st April 2024
Old Head of Kinsale – Spring migrants

9:30am     Meet at the Speckled Door car park (GPS ).  Bring suitable clothing & refreshments
Leader:     Jez Simms     087 689 6964        Toilet:    No        Walk:    Moderate

Sunday 12th May 2024
Dawn Chorus  - Esk Estate

4.30am      Meet at the Botanical B&B (P75 AW26) 4.5 kms north of Glengarriff on N71, next door to the Ewe Experience.  Breakfast, tea and coffee will be available to buy after the event 
Parking:     There is limited parking space so please arrive early & please car-share
Leader:     Jez Simms     087 689 6964        Toilets:    Yes        Walk:    Easy

Sunday 26th May 2024
Cape Clear Island

11:45am    Meet at the Cape Clear Bird Observatory (ferry from Baltimore leaves at 11:00am).  This is a full day outing.  Bring suitable footwear and clothing and a picnic lunch.  Return on 5:00pm ferry.
Leader:     TBA                    Toilets:    Yes        Walk:    Moderate/strenuous