BirdWatch Ireland

West Cork Branch

Protecting birds and biodiversity in West Cork



The Branch



Birding Sites

Branch Diary




Bird Race 2017 

Living Land Campaign

Dawn Chorus 2017


A list of our events can be found on our Facebook page, and can also be obtained by joining our mailing list. To join the mailing list, please e-mail The 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.

Spring 2018

***CANCELLED***Wednesday 17th January 2018
Talk & slideshow – A birding trip to North Peru by Paul Hadland & Anne Dale
The Warren Suite, Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery

Sunday 28th January 2018
West Cork Bird Race
Race start at Scally’s SuperValu car park, Clonakilty
5:30pm    Race finish at O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty
Contact:    Nicholas Mitchell to register your team (€5pp registration includes food in O’Donovan’s after the race)

Sunday 4th February 2018
The Gearagh
Mixed deciduous, riverine woodland located on the River Lee & haven to resident & wintering birds.
Meet at north-side car park on Inchigeelagh Road R584 (OSI Map 79, ref: W 329 713; GPS 51.89025N, -8.97480W).  Bring suitable clothing (Wellies are advisable) & picnic. 
Leader:    John Lynch        Toilets:    No        Walk:    Easy


Sunday 25th March 2018
Timoleague & Courtmacsherry
Herons, Divers & Ravens

10:00am    Meet at Wood Point car park Courtmacsherry (Grid Ref W 516 427; GPS 51.63571, -8.69780) for car pool to Timoleague.
Leader:    Paul Connaughton    Toilets:    Yes        Walk:    Easy

Wednesday 28th March 2018
Annual General Meeting – Members only

7:30pm    Room 117, O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty

Throughout April 2018
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, please email Nicholas Mitchell with your mobile number.

Sunday 6th May 2018
Old Head of Kinsale – Spring migration

8:30am    Meet at the car park opposite The Speckled Door (Grid Ref W 618 431; GPS 51.63973, -8.55133) for full day outing on foot.  Bring suitable clothing & picnic lunch.
Leader:    Paul Connaughton        Toilets:    No        Walk:    Moderate

Sunday 13th May 2018
Dawn Chorus

4.30am    Meet at Long Strand car park on R598 5km east of Rosscarbery (Grid Ref. W 323 346 or GPS 51.56084, -8.97574)  for prompt start at 4:45am.  Refreshments afterwards.
Leader:     David Rees        Toilet facilities:    No        Walk:    Easy


 Cork Branch Events:

Cork Branch Contacts: If you have any enquiries, would like to receive email updates on activities etc, would like to volunteer your services or would like any additional details, please contact:

Paul Moore at or 087-690 8108.
Jim Wilson at or 085-8132710

Note: To receive email updates and news about the branch, contact Jim Wilson at:

Beginners, families and non-members welcome to meetings and outings.