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West Cork Branch

Protecting birds and biodiversity in West Cork



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Nicholas Mitchell


Nicholas is a relative newcomer to "birding".  Prior to moving from England to Clonakilty in 2003, his main interest was hiking.  He would rarely be without a pair of binoculars when out walking but he wouldn't be scrambling to identify every "LBJ".  The move to Clonakilty, and a proximity to its bird rich mud flats in the winter, started to change this; albeit slowly.  It was only in September 2007, when he contacted the West Cork Branch to enquire about I-WeBS and then visited Cape Clear with the Branch, that his interest in birding increased.  He spent the 2008/09 winter learning from Mike Cobley counting Clonakilty and then took the plunge and started counting Rosscarbery for I-WeBS in 2010.  He has much to learn but, in the meantime, if his involvement in the Branch makes a small contribution to conservation of birds and their habitats, and increases awareness in the local community, then all to the good. Nicholas is currently Hon. Secretary and also runs the Branch mailing list.