For self catering options see www.westcork-cottages.comwww.westcork-cottages.com You can also do your own thing by opting for accommodation only, or you can choose a break which includes a day or days guided birding. We can take up to four guests. Breaks are tailor made to suit your particular interests or target species, but listed below are some examples. Please tell us of anything else which you would prefer and we will do our best to fit it in.
Pelagics and sea birds - Latter half of July., August, September, October eg .Two days birding consisting of - Pelagic boat trips to see birds in their natural habitat off the south west coast and sea watching from one of the headlands. A trip to the Skellig Islands is also possible.
Pelagic only trip
Shorebirds on the Estuaries - All year but best from September to February inclusive Trips to several of the estuaries spread along the south west coast which attract large numbers of shorebirds in winter. We will of course encounter other non estuarine birds.
The south west islands - May to September ( extending into October for the search for rare migrants ) Cape Clear, Whiddy Island, Long Island, Dursey Island, Shirkin Island, The Skelligs. The islands off the west coast are famous for attracting rare migrants, but are also very good birding venues in their own right during the summer months. 'Ordinary' sea and farmland birds are the targets, but in very special and pleasant surroundings.
Birds of farmland and countryside- All year Local, and not so local, inland habitats. Off the beaten track into the ' real ' Ireland ( with some time on the coast )
Migrants Hunting for migrants during the spring and autumn can be very productive, and we can also twitch the birds found by others. Bantry forms an ideal base for this purpose.