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Bird Watching on the Dingle Peninsula

The West Kerry Branch of BirdWatch Ireland has published the fourth Dingle Peninsula Bird Report 2008-2010. Using all the data from surveys and roving records the report gives the status of all the bird species recorded on the peninsula. The author is Michael O’Clery whose wildlife art work and professional publications are well known. Top Irish and British photographers including Eric Dempsey, Anthony McGeehan, Ian Jones, Michael O’Keefe have contributed stunning illustrations. Articles describe the branch’s Barn Owl conservation programme, an off shore survey by Anthony Mc Geehan and an update on the White-tailed sea eagle project by Allan Mee.

The cost of printing was generously supported by MFG, Brian de Staic, Benners Hotel, The Skellig Hotel, Emlagh House, Dingle News and Bambury and Moriarty’s. The proceeds from sales all go to the support the branch Barn Owl and Kestrel conservation work and survey work.

Birds of interest on the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry include the resident chough and summer seabird colonies. In autumn the main draws are seabird passages and American or continental Europe/Asia rarities. In winter rare gulls and wetland species are the attraction.

The Dingle Peninsula Bird Report 2008-10 is on sale in Ventry Post Office; The Dingle Bookshop, Green Street, Dingle; and the Castlegregory Information Centre and Ballyferriter Museum and Café Tig Áine. Also available by post from Lucie Hankey, Monaree, Dingle, Co Kerry. email ldhandey@utvinternet.com

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