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.

Summer 2019

Wednesday 24th April 2019

                    Annual General Meeting

                   7:30pm         O'Donovan's Hotel, Clonakilty

Sunday 12th May 2019

Dawn Chorus – Castlefreke Woods

4.30am         Meet at Longstrand car park, Castlefreke, Clonakilty (Map ref W 323 346 or GPS 51.56084, -8.97574) by 4:30am.  The walk will last an hour or so and after the event the "Early Bird Bacon Butty Van" will be on hand to provide bacon or mushroom butties and refreshments for a small charge.

       Leader:      David Rees            Toilet facilities:   No             Walk:    Easy

Wednesday 15th May 2019

Swift Project Workshop

Launching the West Cork Swift Project with a workshop.  Open to anyone & everyone who want to find out more about this exciting project & (hopefully!!) get involved.  Contact Paul Hadland at for more information.

7:00pm         Meet at Abbeystrewry Church Hall, Bridge Street, Skibbereen.

Leader:         Paul Hadland    Toilet facilities:    Yes               Walk:      Easy

Sunday 19th May 2019

Cape Clear – Spring migration

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: Strenuous

June to August 2019

A Swift Pint

Throughout the summer the Branch will visit towns in West Cork on weekday evenings for a series of “Swift Pint” events.  The purpose of these events is to meet up with local people, explain what the Swift project is all about, "look for Swifts and encourage interest and local participation, and finish with a chat (maybe over a pint).  The Branch will publicise dates through community groups, its website, mailing list & Facebook Page.  Please contact Paul Hadland at

Saturday 24th August 2019

National Heritage Week - Family Event at Rosscarbery

3:00pm         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.  No more than two hours.

Leader:         Nicholas Mitchell           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.