The best part of being a wildlife guide on Ireland's south coast is being able to share the incredible wildlife of this stunning stretch of coastline with people from Ireland and around the world. It's fantastic to see people's reactions when they see for themselves why we call this Europe's Undiscovered Wildlife Frontier.Our latest wildlife holiday was a case in point -- … [Read more...] about Eagles and Fin Whales star on Ireland’s Wild South Coast
Eddie, the White-tailed Eagle chick who made headlines in 2016 when he became the first wild-fledged eagle to take to the skies of County Cork in more than 100 years, was found dead on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry in June.According to reports from The Golden Eagle Trust/National Parks and Wildlife Service Eddies remains were discovered by a forestry worker … [Read more...] about Young White-tailed Eagle found dead in Co. Kerry
Watching your local wildlife, even the familiar characters that surround you every day, is a rewarding and worthwhile experience. But it's always exciting when something a little out of the ordinary shows up.That happened here on the West Cork coast a few days ago, when news broke that a local birder had found an adult Rose-coloured Starling (Pastor roseus) near Galley … [Read more...] about Rose coloured starling on holiday in West Cork
Doing some admin on the Ireland's Wildlife Tours website today I noticed an issue with the SSL certificate renewal. That means that some of you may have seen a security warning when trying to access the site. The issue has been resolved so if you visit the site now you should see a reassuring green padlock in your browser address bar showing that any data you submit is … [Read more...] about Update: Ireland’s Wild South Coast offer extended
The West Cork stretch of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way is a coastline replete with stunning scenery and offers some of the best marine and coastal wildlife and bird watching in Europe. Now, with our new range of wildlife holidays and short breaks, you can join some of the region's best wildlife guides exploring this wildlife-lovers' paradise.To celebrate the launch of … [Read more...] about Ireland’s Wild South Coast: book now and save
The discovery of a bearded seal in the small West Cork town of Timoleague late last week left Irish wildlife enthusiasts stunned, and led to widespread speculation about what it was doing so far south of its Arctic range.If you watch wildlife regularly you learn to expect the unexpected, and yet nature retains an almost unparalleled capacity to surprise and delight … [Read more...] about Arctic interloper stuns Irish wildlife enthusiasts
Life is punctuated by years that are particularly memorable for wildlife. Calvin Jones looks back at some of the highlights of the 2016 wildlife year on the West Cork stretch of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.With 2017 well underway I'm looking forward to the wonderful wildlife encounters the year undoubtedly has in store, but I also can't help looking back at the year … [Read more...] about Wildlife highlights of a memorable year
The wildlife of the West Cork coast never fails in its capacity to surprise and delight me. It doesn't matter how many times I head out, or how much (or indeed how little) I manage to see, there's always something that stands out.Even on those rare occasions when I don't see much out of the ordinary there's an entire cast of local regulars that make venturing out a … [Read more...] about Fin whales to firecrests — wildlife extremes on the Wild Atlantic Way.
On our spring Discover Wildlife Weekend in May I took the group to Glengarrif in Co. Cork to see if we could catch a glimpse of the white-tailed eagle pair that were breeding in the area. We got a bit more than we bargained for -- first seeing an adult fly in to the nest with food from a vantage point on the mainland, with food, and later witnessing an action … [Read more...] about White tailed eagle: parent feeding chick photo gallery
I'd had a fantastic day watching all manner of wildlife along the West Cork Coast with guests on one of our custom Discover Wildlife Tours recently. From basking sharks to choughs and jays, wildflowers and butterflies to common dolphins, minke whales, and much more besides... by any measure it had been an exciting day.We were finishing up the tour on Toe Head, a fabulous … [Read more...] about World class whale watching? Head for Ireland!
Great news for wildlife enthusiasts -- sharks are back off the Irish coast.Basking sharks, the world's second largest shark species, return to Irish shores every year around the same times as swallows. Early sightings of these less well known but much larger harbingers of spring trickled in at the end of March from West Cork, and with an impressive record of 20 basking … [Read more...] about Sharks are back!
We'll be running two more of our popular Discover Wildlife Weekends in 2016 -- one in Spring and one in Autumn, based once again at the fabulous Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery, Co. Cork.The dates for your diary are: Spring 2016 Weekend: 13 May - 15 May Autumn 2016 Weekend: 30 Sep - 02 OctOur 2015 weekends were fully booked, and proved a great success.Here's … [Read more...] about Dates for 2016 Discover Wildlife Weekends announced
Saturday Evening Talk at Butlerstown Maria Long of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) will be giving a talk in Butlerstown, West Cork this Saturday evening about the BSBI, what it is, what it does, and why it’s important.It will be a great opportunity to learn about plant recording locally and how you can get involved, whether you're a beginner or a … [Read more...] about Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland Events in West Cork
News broke yesterday of a devastating development for the family of white-tailed eagles in Glengarriff, Co. Cork when it was announced that the 10 week old chick had died in the nest of natural causes just days before it was expected to fledge.One of five pairs of white-tailed eagle breeding in Ireland this year, the Glengarriff pair had successfully raised what appeared to … [Read more...] about Sad news as Irish white-tailed eagle chick dies of natural causes
Inchydoney beach, near Clonakilty in West Cork, is one of the undisputed jewels along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. This outstanding blue flag beach draws visitors from far and wide, but earlier this week it was a visitor of a different kind that was getting all the attention.The sandy bottom in the bay off Inchydoney is perfect for small fish called sand eels -- and earlier … [Read more...] about Humpback whale wows onlookers at Inchydoney
The Irish white-tailed eagle reintroduction project has received a much-needed boost with news that five pairs, spanning four Irish counties, now have chicks in the nest. According to a press release issued by the Golden Eagle Trust, of the eight pairs that attempted to breed this year, eagle chicks have now hatched at sites in Glengarriff, West Cork; two sites in Co. Kerry; … [Read more...] about Irish white-tailed eagles hatch chicks in four counties
Were in the final stages of preparation for our Spring 2015 Discover Wildlife Weeekend which runs from the evening of Friday 08 May to lunchtime on Sunday 10 May 2015 at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery, Co. Cork.You can still join usGreat news! We still have a few spaces available on the weekend. It's not too late for you to join us... but the clock is … [Read more...] about Last chance to join us on a weekend wildlife extravaganza in West Cork
The first reported Irish basking shark sighting of 2015 was logged on Monday 09 March. The sharks, one large and one smaller animal, were spotted from shore by observer Bridget Healy, just off the coast near Ardfield in West Cork.Basking sharks, the second largest fish in the sea after the whale shark, are annual spring / summer visitors to Irish coastal waters. The first … [Read more...] about Ireland’s first basking sharks of 2015 spotted off West Cork