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,…

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…

Hydrology and Ecology

When you catch the water from a dripping outside tap, you realise to your horror, how much water is actually escaping. Its similar to when you look at minor drainage works and consider what the long lasting impact could be on the surrounding water table and wetland habitats. Is it possible to reverse, especially if…

A Walk On Tramore Beach 29.10.17

It is amazing how a little sunshine can transform a landscape… today the sun shone, and today, Tramore was heaven! On our walk, Michele and I spotted 115 Eider Duck, just beyond the breakers. The sex ratio was heavily biased in favour of the males; only 37 females but 78 males were present (32% females…