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…

Biodiversity Week 2018

On a beautiful evening in McGlincheys, Richard Nairn delivered an engaging talk on Sheskinmore in the 1980’s, quoting from a book that was donated to McGlincheys by Malcolm McClure ‘Nature in Ireland‘(1997) ‘Natural history is unavoidably a history of culture and society, involving the exploitation of nature as well as its study’.  That relationship certainly…

Biodiversity Week reminder

Originally posted on Friends of Sheskinmore:
Biodiversity week is being celebrated at Sheskinmore this year with a visit from an old friend. Richard Nairn was the Director of BirdWatch Ireland in the 1980’s and worked closely with the first ranger John Hennigan to protect and secure the purchase of lands at Sheskinmore. Richard is an…

Wandering Whimbrels

     ” How do you tell a Whimbrel from a Curlew at a distance?” my friend asked.         Whimbrel flocks pass over the west coast of Ireland on their way to breed in Iceland. This is the second time I have seen the early May flock around Rosbeg. Smaller than Curlew (more likely to…

Biodiversity Week (2018)

Biodiversity week is being celebrated at Sheskinmore this year with a visit from an old friend. Richard Nairn was the Director of BirdWatch Ireland in the 1980’s and worked closely with the first ranger John Hennigan to protect and secure the purchase of lands at Sheskinmore. Richard is an environmental scientist and has written several…

Wildlife in Winter weather

In January the ferocity of the rain woke me up several times during the night and I wondered how on earth any creatures can survive it ?  January and February were really cold as well and it was a struggle to do any fieldwork on foot. West Donegal was lucky to escape the recent snow…