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.

Winter 2018

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

Wednesday 28th November 2018

Talk & slideshow – Extremadura by Paul Hadland & Anne Dale

7:30pm         The Warren Suite, Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery

Wednesday 5th December 2018

Talk by Brian Caffery – West Cork Swift Conservation Project

For anyone who wants to learn more about this fascinating bird & wants to help with a West Cork wide survey and project.

7:30pm         The Warren Suite, Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery

Sunday 9th December 2018

Tralee Bay & Castlegregory

Details:         A day trip to Kerry with a car-shares from agreed points in West Cork.  Contact David Rees for information & booking details.

Leaders:  David Rees & Nicholas Mitchell        Toilets:  Probably         Walk:  Easy

Friday 28th December 2018

Christmas walk – Garrettstown/Ballinspittle Woods

12:00pm      Meet at Templetrine Church car park (OSI ref W 574 457; GPS 51.66285, -8.61475) for a gentle woodland stroll & possibly a visit to Garrettstown Marsh afterwards.  Bring suitable clothing & a picnic.

Leader:     Nicholas Mitchell                        Toilets:   No             Walk:      Moderate

Sunday 27th January 2019

West Cork Bird Race

8:30am         Race start at Scally’s SuperValu car park, Clonakilty

6:00pm        Race finish at O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty

Contact:       Nicholas Mitchell to register your team (€5pp registration includes finger food in O’Donovan’s after the race)

Sunday 24th February 2019

Gulls and Divers in Bantry Bay

11:00am       Meet opposite West Lodge Hotel, Bantry (on N71 south of Bantry OSI Map 85 Ref.  V 979 477).  Bring suitable clothing and picnic.  Full day outing.

Leader          Paul Connaughton            Toilets:   Yes                         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.