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.

Spring 2019

Saturday 2nd February 2019

                  World Wetlands Day – Rosscarbery Estuary

                 10:00am Meet at the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery.      Half-day outing.       

                 Leader: Paul Connaughton       Toilets: Yes          Walk: Easy

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

Wednesday 6th March 2019

Talk & slideshow – Saving the Bermuda Petrel by Paul Connaughton

7:30pm         Room 117, O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Annual General Meeting

7:30pm         The West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen

Throughout April 2019

West Cork peninsulas – Spring migration

Same format as previous years: members of the branch will lead outings to the Old Head, Galley Head & Mizen Head when conditions are suitable, which could be any day of the week.  In order to receive text alerts, please email Nicholas Mitchell with your mobile number.

Sunday 12th May 2019

Dawn Chorus – Castlefreke Woods

4.30am         Meet at Castlefreke Woods car park for prompt start at 4:45am.  Refreshments afterwards.  Grid Ref W 324 358; GPS 51.57137 (N), -8.97490 (W)

Leader:  David Rees      Toilet facilities: No        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

 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.