Trail Camera Videos 02

As described here, on 7th and 8th May 2018 I captured video footage of raven Corvus corax, fox Vulpes vulpes and deer at the low section of fore dunes about halfway along Ballinreavy Strand. Consensus is that this was a red deer Cervus elaphus. Among other features the long face is quite diagnostic and separates the species…

A Few Days in May

Sheskinmore nearly always springs a few surprises. This was certainly the case on a recent visit from 7th-11th May. On the evening of 7th May a pair of peregrines (Falco pereginus) was in flight over Mullyvea hill. A buzzard (Buteo buteo) was also in attendance. Repeated loud calls were heard from one, or perhaps both,…

Wildlife in May

Sheskinmore was blustery and wet on the morning of 16th May but became warm and sunny later. Forty-three bird species were recorded throughout the reserve. In the morning at least six snipe Gallinago gallinago were displaying simultaneously over the machair. The strange bleating noise snipe make during display-flights is known as drumming and is produced…

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…

Pity the poor Frog Orchid – 19th August 2016

Nature paints a vivid canvas of many colours around our feet as we walk Sheskinmore each summer – dazzling us with displays of purple and pink orchids and carpets of white, blue and yellow flowers of so many species. Come August colours begin to change and this year by the middle of the month most…