BirdWatch Ireland

West Cork Branch

Protecting birds and biodiversity in West Cork



The Branch



Birding Sites

Branch Diary




Bird Race 2017 

Living Land Campaign

Dawn Chorus 2017


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 2017

Saturday 19th August 2017
National Heritage Week - Family Event at Rosscarbery

1:30pm    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.                 No more than two hours.
Leader:     Paul Connaughton        Toilets:    Yes        Walk:    Easy

Saturday 26th August 2017
National Heritage Week - Irish Whale & Dolphin Group National Whale Watch Day

2:00pm    Park at Galley Head waist (OSI ref W 339 317; GPS 51.53498, -8.95178).
Toilets:    No        Walk:    Easy

Sunday 3rd September 2017
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:    Peter Wolstenholme        Toilets:    Yes        Booking: Nicholas Mitchell

Sunday 17th September 2017
Cape Clear – Spring migration

BirdWatch Ireland Members only – limited numbers & booking required
07:45am  Meet in Baltimore for private charter to Cape Clear
6:00pm    Boat departs Cape Clear for Baltimore
                Bring suitable clothing & lunch.  Contact Nicholas Mitchell for cost & booking.
Leader:   Paul Connaughton        Toilet facilities:    Yes    Walk:    Moderate/strenuous

Weekend 6th to 8th  October 2017
The Beara & Dursey Island – Autumn migration

Full programme available here.

Sunday 22nd October 2017
Mizen Head – Autumn migration or sea-watching

7:30am    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 26th November 2017
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:    Nicholas Mitchell            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.