Illustrated talk by Jim Wilson in aid of wild bird conservation and education projects

Posted on: 16th January, 2014

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

jim wilsonJim Wilson will speak at the second Annual Talk in Aid of Wild Bird Conservation and Education Projects in County Cork organised by the West Cork and Cork Branches of BirdWatch Ireland at Cork International Airport Hotel on Friday, February 7, 2014.

Jim will have recently returned from ten weeks in Sub-Antarctica and Antarctica and will be sharing his photographs, experiences and knowledge of this vast continent and its amazing bird and wild life; perhaps about the South Georgia Pipit, the world’s most southerly passerine, the Macaroni Penguin with its fancy ‘haird’”, the massive King Penguin colony at Salisbury Plain on South Georgia or the majestic Black-browed Albatross that crisscross the southern oceans.

Jim is a wildlife writer, international wildlife tour guide, broadcaster and filmmaker. He is a former chairman of BirdWatch Ireland and a former director of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. He established BirdWatch Ireland’s long-running Garden Bird Survey in 1987 and is a regular contributor to The Mooney Show on RTÉ Radio 1.

Doors open at 7pm and there will be an opportunity to browse in the BirdWatch Ireland Shop. The Illustrated talk at 8pm will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

Entry is free for children under 14, €5 for members, students and OAPs, €7 for non-members.

For more information contact Nicholas Mitchell on 087 121 5256, email, Paul Moore, 087 690 8108, email

BirdWatch Ireland West Cork Branch’s next event is on Sunday, January 19 when the group visits Kilcolman Nature Reserve to look for winter wildfowl with Warden Michael Hirst leading the outing. If you would like to join in, meet at the Reserve at 10am. The outing will be three to four hours, but you can come and go as you please. Most viewing will be from hides and any walking will be short and easygoing. Bring warm clothing and lunch. This event is open to everyone and is free of charge. Contact: Nicholas Mitchell 087 121 5256.

Kilcolman NR is 19 kms north of Mallow (OSI Map 73 Ref R585109 or GPS 52.248508, -8.612595).

BirdWatch Ireland’s spring programme of events will be published shortly. This will include trips to The Gearagh and Cape Clear, spring migration on the Old Head of Kinsale throughout April and a weekend outing to Kerry for grebes and scoters.

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