The annual Cork Birdathon is set to take place throughout Cork County on Saturday, 2nd December between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

The Birdathon aims to raise awareness of the incredible bird life that exists in Cork, and to encourage the public to visit locations on the South and East Cork Bird Trail. The event

Ryan Howard and Ellenora Lynch SECAD Partnership with Paul Moore Bird Watch Ireland pictured at Ballyvergan Bird Hide Youghal Co. Cork

is held in conjunction with Birdwatch Ireland Cork and West Cork branches, UCC School of Bees and the National Biodiversity Data Centre. It offers an excellent opportunity to learn more about the birdlife and biodiversity on your doorstep.

Birdathon partner William O’ Halloran from SECAD’s biodiversity initiative Wild Work, encourages participants to get out and use the bird trail;

‘’The bird trail developed by SECAD Partnership is free to use and can be enjoyed by young and old, from complete beginners to bird watching enthusiasts.  The bird trail showcases Cork’s wonderful variety of bird species, and it varies and it varies from location to location, depending on habitat.  The stations with expert bird watchers will be the highlight for me this year. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to learn from such friendly and knowledgeable birdwatchers who are so passionate and enthusiastic about birdlife in Cork”.

Birdathon participants will have an opportunity to spot and count birds on the Cork Birdathon species list. Team entries of two to five people are welcomed including clubs, friends, family members and back garden bird watchers! Teams are invited to record birds which are seen or heard (including birds at sea) in the vicinity of the Birdathon recording area (see map at http://corkbirdathon.ie/).

On the day, participants can meet the experts at the following locations:

Inchydoney (The cul de sac pool)                               10:00am – 12:30pm

Harty’s Quay                                                                   12:30pm – 3:30pm

Pillmore Strand & Ballyvergan Bird Hide                    1:30pm – 3:30pm

Harpers Island Bird Hide                                                2:00pm – 4:30pm

Participation is free, but teams should register at www.corkbirdathon.ie or by emailing hello@corkbirdathon.ie.

For more information, please see www.corkbirdathon.ie


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