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Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea ©Sue Tranter

You will notice that there is no introduction to this section yet.

I would like to fill this gap with an introduction from a local birder [or someone who is a frequent visitor] for every one of the geographical pages. The many thousands of birders now regularly using these pages prefer to read something written by someone who can see the place from an insider's point of view. They know the best spots, not just the ones that first time overseas visitors usually visit or that are on the normal birding trip itineraries.

Each introduction carries the e-mail address of the contributor so that birders can get in touch with them if, for example, they are planning a trip [unless the contributor is unable to do this].

Please get in touch if you feel you can contribute an introduction to this page - you don't have to be an expert; I'm not!

County Recorder

Chris Peppiatt

chris.peppiatt@iol.ie

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2003 [10 October] - Graham Gordon - Aran Isles

Report

The three Aran Islands, the largest Inis Mor, where I will be staying, are as remote as anywhere on the European continent. I visited them once before for a weekend trip in 2001 and was struck then by the overwhelming sense of potential for finding my own rarities. As a former Lundyite (I spent eight weeks on Lundy over a total of four autumns in the early Nineties) I recognised the possibility of having the island to myself on one of the most underwatched localities on the whole of the British and Irish coast. I had to cancel an intended two week visit there in October last year due to work commitments - but now, with the very strong desire to add an American passerine…

Organisations

BirdWatch Galway

Website

BirdWatch Galway is the Galway City and County branch of BirdWatch Ireland. Once known as the Irish Wildbird Conservancy (IWC); BirdWatch Ireland is the Irish partner of Birdlife International. BirdWatch Ireland is the largest and most active voluntary conservation organisation in Ireland. Established in 1968, it has over 7,000 active members and more than 20 branches nationwide. Its primary interest is the conservation of wild birds and their habitats in Ireland…

Reserves

Connemara National Park

Website

Satellite View

Birdlife in the area is varied, and includes Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, Stonechats, Chaffinches, Robins and Wrens. The Kestrel is a fairly common bird of prey, whilst Sparrowhawk, Merlin and Peregrine are sometimes seen…

Blogs

A life at the shoreline

Blog

Jeff Copner’s BLOG of the Galway shoreline…

Birds Galway

Blog

Birds and wildlife around Galway, Ireland…