Ireland's south coast delivered a very special wildlife experience for guests on our Discover Wildlife Weekend on the West Cork coast of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way last week.We kicked off on Friday evening with shore-based views of Humpback and Fin Whales blowing offshore. That was followed up with some fantastic encounters with these iconic ocean giants out on the water … [Read more...] about Fantastic wildlife on our Discover Wildlife Weekend
Ireland's Wildlife contributor Albert Nolan takes a walk around the woodland nature trail at the Glen of Aherlow in County Tipperary... and discovers a hidden world of wildlife.Dark, threatening clouds were rolling across the Galtees and spilling into the Glen of Aherlow as I pulled into the car park. Showers of rain splattered against the car testing my resolve as I … [Read more...] about The hidden creatures of the Glen — Glen of Aherlow nature trail
I'll be running a Discover Wildlife Walk on the beautiful West Cork coastline around Rosscarbery on Saturday the 03 May. There are still places left for anyone who'd like to join us.We'll be leaving the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery at 10am, arriving back around 4pm.The cost of this full-day walk is €30 for adults and €15 for children accompanied by an adult. … [Read more...] about Discover Wildlife Walk Saturday 03 May 2014
It was a day that I should have spent in the office working... but the forecast for the rest of the week was bad. This was the only weather window to get out around my local patch. Decision made I grabbed my binoculars and headed out.You never really know what to expect when you leave the house in search of wildlife. That sense of anticipation is like a drug... it heightens … [Read more...] about Otters: a breathtaking wildlife experience
Looking at weather maps lately has been a depressing affair.Ireland has been permanently obscured beneath a swirling, seething mass of rain and wind, and as usual our little patch of the south west coast seems to be getting more than its fair share of the onslaught. Yesterday was a day to stay inside by the fire... watching naff Christmas telly. It was certainly not a day … [Read more...] about Wildlife, whatever the weather
Ireland's Wildlife contributor Albert Nolan introduces us to Ireland's urban foxes.The silence of Sunday morning was shattered by the harsh warning call of a pair of Magpies in the back garden. Despite the lingering affects of last night's wine I decided it was worth the effort of drawing the curtains as this warning call often indicates a predator is about. As I peered … [Read more...] about A brush with Ireland’s urban foxes
I love wildlife, and I love walking. Best of all I love walking where I can watch wildlife and share what I see with other interested people. It was on one of these wildlife walks on the stunning West Cork coastline (see the photo -- no exaggeration) that I had one of those "eureka" moments. "Why not offer guided wildlife and nature walks through the Ireland's Wildlife … [Read more...] about New wildlife walks get you closer to nature
Against all odds a mini-heatwave seemed to have descended on Ireland. The sun blazed out of a sky for once devoid of cloud as we met up in the car park at Barleycove beach in West Cork.It was early June and we were looking for butterflies.Our target species for the day was the rare marsh fritillary -- one of Ireland's most striking butterfly species … [Read more...] about Butterflies… and so much more!
Hanging out washing is an occupational hazards of working from a home office.Working from home invariably means I'm around when the washing machine finishes its spin cycle. And in most Irish households if the weather is dry there's always one overriding imperative: to get the washing hung out as soon as humanly possible!I don't really mind. There's … [Read more...] about Unexpected wildlife hotspot: the washing line!