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West Cork Branch

Protecting birds and biodiversity in West Cork



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Here you will find information about the branch, our events and birding in West Cork.

If you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to contact the webmaster.

The Branch holds twenty to twenty-five outdoor and indoor events each year and these are open to the Public.  The only exception to this is when a boat trip is involved, in which case the outing is limited to BirdWatch Ireland members only because of insurance.  With exception of special trips, entry to our events is free.

On our outings you can learn to recognise birds and discover all about their habits and the habitats they live in.  You can discover the amazing spectacle of migration and see birds from America, Europe and Asia which turn up on West Cork headlands each autumn and spring.  We always ensure great leaders and each outing is well organised.  We provide information on the walking difficulty of the outing: easy, moderate or severe.  Recently we have also invested in optical equipment for loan to beginners at our outings.

Please come along and enjoy the nature of West Cork.

"Something to Crow About!" - read the fantastic article about the branch, which appeared in the Southern Star.

Our next event is on:

Spring migration

​Throughout spring the Branch will be arranging ad hoc outings to the various peninsulas in West Cork, to wit: Old Head of Kinsale, Galley Head & Mizen.  The date, time & venue for these outings is determined by the wind & weather.  For this reason, these outings are generally last minute affairs & on any day of the week & are advertised by a text alert, normally the day before.

Anyone wishing to receive these texts for spring 2016 should email Nicholas Mitchell with a request & mobile number.

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Hoopoe, Spring 2015, Timoleague.

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