Autumn Highlights

Now winter is starting to bite at our toes but the weather during autumn was pleasantly dry and bright which was so welcome for survey and fieldwork. During September the Marsh Fritillary survey was completed early as recommended by the Biodiversity Data Centre, who co-ordinate the survey around the country. Much to my dismay, there was…

Something for Everyone.

    McGlincheys Field Studies Centre was busy all summer with a variety of visitors, from children’s summer camps to research projects. It is interesting for the public to realise all the different groups that can be catered for because there is a facility in situ and the property has an appeal on many levels.…

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…