On Sunday January 29, the West Cork Branch of Birdwatch Ireland will hold a dawn to dusk bird race. Teams of four people will spend the day racing around a defined area – stretching from Ring Pier in the east to Rosscarbery Pier in the west and south of the R600 and N71 – 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.
The race is open to everyone, from very experienced birders to complete novices. There will be prizes for the team with the highest score as well as in several other categories, so everyone is in with a chance to win something! All-in-all this should be a fun day out for any lover of the outdoors and a great opportunity to see lots of bird species and get familiar with one of the best birdwatching locations in the whole country.
Ideally, anyone interested in taking part in the Bird Race should register by email with Nicholas Mitchell (details below) up until 6pm on January 28, or alternatively at the starting point on the morning of the race before 8:15am.
For those who do not have a full team of four, or are inexperienced and would like someone on their team with a bit more knowledge, early registration is essential so as the appropriate arrangements can be made in advance.
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; Race finish: 5:30pm sharp at O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty.
Paul Connaughton, E: firstname.lastname@example.org, Mobile: 086 199 3613.
Nicholas Mitchell, E: secretary@
birdwatchirelandwestcork.ie, Mobile: 087 121 5256.