On Sunday, January 28, the West Cork Branch of Birdwatch Ireland will hold its annual dawn to dusk bird race. Teams of four people will spend the day racing around the defined race area trying to record as many species of birds as possible. This will be a very exciting day and the list of birds should be more than 100 species (in 2017 it was 105).
The race area will stretch from Ring Pier in the east to Rosscarbery Pier in the west and south of the R600 and the N71.
The race is open to everyone, from the very experienced birder to the very inexperienced, and all in with an opportunity to win the coveted trophy! All-in-all this is a fun day out for any bird lover and a great opportunity to see lots of bird species and get familiar with one of the best birdwatching locations in the whole country.
It is recommended that anyone interested in taking part in the Bird Race should register by email to the Secretary (details below) up until 6pm on January 27, or alternatively on the morning of the race before 8:15am at the starting point.
For those who do not have a team of four, but want to take part, register your name and the Branch will try to put you with a team. Race entry is €5 per person and this will include finger food in O’Donovan’s Hotel after the Race.
A checklist of birds with a list of the rules and a race area map will be provided on the day.
Race start: 8:30am sharp at Scally’s SuperValu car park, Clonakilty. Race finish: 5:30pm sharp at O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty.
Mobile: 086 199 3613
Registration: Nicholas Mitchell. E: secretary@
birdwatchirelandwestcork.ie. Mobile: 087 121 5256.