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Wildife and nature blog featuring an eclectic mix of wildlife, birding and conservation content from Ireland and around the world. Be warned there may be opinions flying around here....

World class whale watching? Head for Ireland!

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 […]

Island Bioblitz — head offshore for a wild weekend!

I’m off to the stunning Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork tomorrow to take part in Ireland’s first ever Island Bioblitz. I was a member of the Bioblitz team at Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve in 2012. It was a fantastic event and a great excuse to take time out and spend a whole weekend immersed in […]

New TV show explores the wildlife of Ireland’s cities

A new TV show produced by Crossing the Line Films and due to air on RTÉ over the coming weeks focuses the spotlight on the wildlife living alongside us in Ireland’s busiest cities. Wild Cities, a four part series that starts on Sunday the 08 May at 6:30 pm on RTÉ One, is set on the streets of Cork, Dublin, Galway […]

The Wild Postcard Project: boosting awareness of Ireland’s Biodiversity

A new biodiversity art project aimed at Ireland’s youth is looking to spread the word about Ireland’s amazing wildlife far and wide with postcards. Founders Eileen Diskin and Angela Stevenson explain… A survey several years ago in the UK found that the general public is largely unfamiliar with the term ‘biodiversity’, with many respondents thinking it […]

Sharks are back!

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 […]

And they’re back! First swallows arrive at IWHQ

Yesterday was a special day. A lone, almost insignificant silhouette transformed the usually hum-drum task of dropping the car in to the garage into a wholly noteworthy enterprise. Elegant, streamlined, forked tail streamers fluttering in the breeze… the profile perched on the telephone wire was unmistakable: my first swallow of 2016. Seeing your first swallow of spring is always a special moment. Something […]

“Britain’s” Whales: stunning aerial humpback footage, filmed in Ireland

Humpback whales filmed off the south coast of Ireland last year will feature prominently in a new wildlife documentary to air on UK TV network ITV this coming Good Friday (25/03/2016) at 8pm. The film crew captured spectacular drone footage of humpback whales bubble-net feeding off The Blasket Islands in Co. Kerry in September 2015. Presenter Ben Fogle […]

Live wildlife webcams from CJ Wildlife

Have you ever wanted a sneak peak into the lives of birds on or around the nest? The advent of live web streaming means that it’s now possible to keep a close eye on the nesting efforts of your favourite birds without the risk of disturbance. Thanks to live web cameras set up by organisations under licence from the […]

Discover Wildlife Gift Vouchers: last call for posting today

Our Discover Wildlife Gift Vouchers, which can be redeemed against one of our popular Discover Wildlife Experiences on the West Cork coast, are a great gift for the wildlife lover in your life this Christmas. TODAY 18/12/2015 is deadline to order your gift voucher if you want a hard copy through the post in time for Christmas. […]

Special Free Delivery Weekend promo from CJ Wildlife

Need to order bird food for the holiday season? Our Official Garden Wildlife Supply Partner, CJ Wildlife, has a special pre-Christmas free delivery promotion running until midnight on Sunday. CJ Wildlife has a great year-round free delivery policy on orders over €50 — but for this weekend only they’re dropping that threshold to just €30 — which makes it […]

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