Spring Birdwatching Breaks
2B&B, 2 DINNERS, 1 PACKED LUNCH
17TH-19TH APRIL 2020 €279 per person sharing
8TH-10TH MAY 2020 €299 per person sharing
Includes bird watching course with the services of expert guide, photographer and author Anthony McGeehan
Inishbofin is the most westerly inhabited land in Connaught. Its habitats are gentle on the eye, tucked away and sheltered from the prevailing wind. There are strands, dune grassland, reed-beds and marshes, as well as lakes locked in rocky wilderness. Birds are drawn to breed in such tranquil places. Late spring is a busy time for nature. Lapwings, Ringed Plovers, Oystercatchers and the not-so-common Common Sandpiper all breed, as do terns and small numbers of Corncrakes and Choughs. Skylark song reverberates everywhere and, like Inishbofin itself, is not to be missed. As well as Corncrakes, Choughs, Lapwings, Skylarks and the other attractions of Inishbofin, Anthony will share his vast knowledge of all things avian in his uniquely entertaining style.
Anthony McGeehan has become a regular visitor and huge fan of the birds of Inishbofin over recent years. Anthony has previously spent time bird watching on most of Ireland’s islands but rates Inishbofin as tops. “Breeding Corncrakes, Lapwings, Choughs, Skylarks and terns – what more do you need?” The course will be spent trying to see and hear the full range of breeding birds on Inishbofin. The emphasis will be on leisurely looks and learning to recognise the birds properly by sight and song. Most birds are easy to see and not shy and the surroundings are very beautiful.
Anthony’s recent books, Birds Through Irish Eyes, Birds of the Homeplace and To The Ends of The Earth contain superb photographs, many taken on Inishbofin.
Suitable for all levels of ability. Beginners welcome. Bring binoculars, walking shoes and waterproof gear. Also sun screen – May can be surprisingly hot on Inishbofin!
The course runs from 1pm on first day until 1pm on last day. Ferry departs at 5pm.