Sunday, 19 January 2014

Outing to Dundalk Bay Sunday 2th February

Geese and waders at Lurgangreen,Dundalk photo by Claire Donoghue

An outing to Dundalk Bay will take place on Sunday 2th February.The outing is timed to coincide with an incoming tide to maximise our chances of getting close views of waders and other waterbirds. We will visit a few sites near the town and then head south towards Annagassin. To car share from Bailieborough, meet at the Market Square at 9.30am. To meet with the group in Dundalk,meet at Dundalk Docks at 10.30am. 
Best to bring a packed lunch and to wear waterproof clothing and footwear.
Beginners very welcome!

Contact number on the day for this event is (086)8336675. If weather conditions are poor on the morning of event please check blog or phone/text for information on any changes.

Upcoming Event in March.

A presentation by Mark Carmody - "A Rough Guide to.. Wildlife Photography" will take place on Thursday 20th March in Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff at 8pm.

Mark is a keen birder/wildlife photographer and Co- author along with Jim Wilson of the recently published photographic field guide "The Birds of Ireland, A field Guide" This lovely book has been produced in association with Birdwatch Ireland.

The Branch AGM will take place prior to the presentation at 7pm sharp.

Cavan I-WeBs Count Event at Milltown on 12th January

Olivia talking to group at Milltown

The group met up at Drumlane Abbey car park Milltown where we were joined by Olivia Crowe from Birdwatch Ireland. Olivia explained the importance of the I-WeBS survey and why Lough Oughter is such an important location for wetland birds. We then divided ourselves up into small groups to go out and count individual lakes. The good turnout meant that we were able to have a mix of beginners and those with more experience of doing surveys in each group. Unfortunately the weather conditions deteriorated through the day, but an enjoyable day was had by all nonetheless! Thanks to Olivia Crowe and to everyone who came along to help out with the survey.

To learn more about the Irish Wetland Bird Survey (I-WeBS) click here or read post by Niall Tierney is previous blog post (December)