BirdWatch Ireland

West Cork Branch

Protecting birds and biodiversity in West Cork



The Branch



Birding Sites

Branch Diary




Bird Race 2018 

Living Land Campaign

Dawn Chorus 2018


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.

Autumn 2018

Saturday 11th August 2018

I-WeBS – 25 Years & Counting

For those interested in getting involved in this wetland survey & want to learn more, or who are already involved & want to help improve its coverage & implementation in West Cork.

2:00pm        Meet at Social Centre (behind Centra), Rosscarbery.  Indoor presentation followed by outdoor practical session.

Leader:         Lesley Lewis         Toilets:   Yes                         Walk:      Easy

Saturday 25th August 2018

National Heritage Week - Family Event at Rosscarbery

2:30pm         Meet at Celtic Ross Hotel Rosscarbery (OSI ref W 286 363; GPS 51.57564, -9.02925) and find out more about the birds that use the estuary on migration and during the winter.  We will have scopes & bird ID checklists so that children in particular will be able to see the birds close up.  There will also be a children’s competition.  No more than two hours.

Leader:         Nicholas Mitchell               Toilets:   Yes                         Walk:      Easy

Sunday 2nd September 2018

Old Head of Kinsale – sea-watching and autumn migrants

8:45am         Meet at car park before entrance to Old Head Golf Club (OSI ref W 624 407; GPS 51.61821, -8.54191).  This event is limited to 20 places so booking is essential.

Leader:         Ciaran Cronin           Toilets:   Yes                         Booking: Nicholas Mitchell

Sunday 23rd September 2018

Cape Clear – Autumn migration

11:15am        Meet at the Cape Clear Bird Observatory (ferry from Baltimore leaves at 10:30am).  This is a full day outing.  Bring suitable footwear and clothing and a picnic lunch.  Return on 4:30pm ferry.

Leader:         TBA                     Toilets:   Yes                         Walk:      Strenuous

Sunday 7th October 2018

Mizen Head – Autumn migration

8:30am         Meet at Mizen Vision (OSI ref V 741 236; GPS 51.45157, -9.81107).  Full-day outing with half-day option.

Leaders:       Dan Ballard                     Toilets:   Yes                         Walk:      Easy

Sunday 4th November 2018

Rosscarbery Estuary

10:30pm       Meet at Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery (OSI ref W 286 363; GPS 51.57564, -9.02925) for car-share to Owenahincha & walk back to Rosscarbery.  Half-day with full-day option.

Leader:         David Rees            Toilets:   Yes                         Walk:      Moderate

 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.