Habitats, wildflowers, butterflies and moths – a great day out at Tramore-Magheramore

On the 30 July, around 40 people gathered at Tramore to walk across Tramore strand, Carrickalahagh headland and back via Magheramore. The walk, organised by An Taisce and Birdwatch Ireland, was led by our field guide Ralph Sheppard. The weather was good but with two heavy showers. Tramore Ralph discussed the major changes which had taken place at…

Playful Buzzards

Object play behaviour has been recorded in a number of raptor species (Fagen, 1981; Hewitt, 2013). Below are notes on two observations made at Sheskinmore of playful Common Buzzards Buteo buteo. 19th September 2010 At about 1700 two Common Buzzards and two Common Ravens Corvus corax were seen soaring together over the southern slope of…

Sheskinmore Badgers

Badgers Meles meles are often thought to be woodland animals but they survive very well in more open habitats. There are several Badger setts in the dunes at Sheskinmore. The exact number of family groups is difficult to determine as Badgers often have a number of outlying setts separate from the main territory. Both the…

Ravens at Tramore

For at least ten years Ravens have bred at the low cliffs at the south end of Tramore on the Carrickalahagh headland. This year I monitored the nest for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Nest Record Scheme (NRS). The NRS involves repeated visits to check nest contents and thus gathers data on laying dates,…