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Bird Watching

There are bird and wildlife sanctuaries all over the southeast where a huge variety of birds can be observed. Species such as Golden Plover, Crossbills, Pheasant, Heron, Sparowhawks, Duck, Dipper, Kittiwakes, Seabirds and Birds of Prey abound all along our coastline, and many sanctuaries and amenity areas available to those wishing to study this environment. Below is a list of popular Bird Watching locations in the region.

Bird Watching Cappamurra Bog (Dundrum, Tipperary)

Bird Watching In Ardmore (Ardmore, Waterford)
The spectacular 'dive bombing' methods of fishing by seabirds is best observed from the cliff walks area.

Bird Watching In Clonea (Dungarvan, Waterford)
This area is an excellent site for viewing Waders. Some 1,000 Barnacle Geese are to be seen wintering here from November to March.

Bird Watching in Dunmore East (Dunmore East, Waterford)
Many noisy Kittiwake nest in the steep cliffs overlooking Dunmore East harbour. This is one of the very few urban locations that provides good access and easy observation of these lively, colourful - albeit noisy seabirds.

Bird Watching In Nire Valley Area (Nire Valley, Waterford)
Good show of Dippers, Great Wagtails and Kingfishers.

Wexford Wildfowl Reserve (Wexford Town, Wexford)
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, North Slob, Wexford, is Ireland's Premier Wildfowl Reserve.

Visiting the Reserve
Facilities include 'new' modern up-graded Visitor Centre, car park, picnic area, wildfowl collection and hides (including Observation Tower). Facilities are available for our more disabled visitors. Wexford Wildfowl Reserve is reached from Wexford by leaving the town over the River Slaney bridge on the main Gorey Road (R741). After travelling 2.92 km (1.8miles) north of the bridge, turn right (beside Grannal’s Mazda Garage) into Ardcavan Lane.

Opening Times
Summer: 16th April to 30th September, 0900 -1800 daily. Winter: 1st October to 15th April, 1000-1700 daily.

The Reserve may be closed temporarily for management operations - See notice on gate.
Guided tours can be arranged by request. Groups must book in advance.

Entry is Free.
Please obey the various notices and comply with requests by the reserve staff. The reserve only covers part of the North Slob. The rest is privately owned farmland and the owner’s permission must be obtained before entering these areas.
The Saltee Islands, consisting of the Great and Little Saltee, St. Georges Channel are situated approximately 5 kilometres off the coast of Kilmore Quay Co.Wexford. The larger island Great Saltee is the most famous bird sanctuary in Ireland and is very popular with both day-trippers and birdwatchers. These Islands are privately owned and are one of the world's major bird sanctuaries. The Saltees are a haven for sea birds, nurturing an impressive array of birds, from Gannets and Gulls to Puffins and Manx Shearwaters. They also lie on an important migratory route and a popular stopping-off place for spring and autumn migrants. The Great Saltee also has a breeding population of Grey Seals, one of the very few in eastern Ireland. Up to 120 animals are present in autumn and up to 20 pups are produced annually. The Islands were once a magnet for pirates and smugglers but are now home to hundreds of gannets, puffins and seals! Permission for day visits to the Great Saltee, by courtesy of the Neale family, is not needed. Permission to visit the Little Saltee can not be granted due to the hazardous landing conditions. However we would like all visitors to respect these islands.
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Wexford Harbour and its Slobs are natural havens for birds. Located on the south-east coast of Ireland, they are the closest point for birds migrating into or out of Ireland from Britain and the Continent from a southerly direction. Waders and wildfowl in particular are attracted to the area where the flat landscape and the wide shallow harbour with its sandbars and mud banks provide safe areas to feed, loaf, roost and breed. From early October through to the middle of April, the North and South Slobs and the Harbour are home to thousands of ducks, geese, swans and waders making this a site of major international importance for wildfowl and waders. In addition, during spring and autumn, large numbers of birds on migration stop to feed in these rich areas. It's a short drive to the stunning Raven Nature Reserve - a beautiful place for a walk or cycle through mature pine forest growing on old sand dunes parallel to the sea. The Reserve is owned in partnership with BirdWatch Ireland, a national voluntary organisation and managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
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