‘By-the-Wind Sailor’ (Velella velella)

We took a wee walk on Tramore Beach on the 27th December to try to shift some of the Xmas turkey; fortunately it was a breathtakingly beautiful day. Coming down through the foredunes, we heard the unmistakable ‘churrr’ of Choughs. Out at the water’s edge, the resident flock of Sanderling ran in and out with…

Greenland White-fronted Goose trends

Greenland White-fronted Geese migrate between their breeding grounds in Greenland and their winter homes in Ireland and Britain, stopping for several weeks in Autumn and Spring in Iceland to re-fuel. In the 1980’s when the population had been showing a steady decline a hunting ban was introduced in Britain and Ireland. This was followed by a…