Cape Clear – Oileán Chléire

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Cape Clear (Oileán Chléire) lies 12 km off the southwest coast of Ireland, in the mouth of Roaringwater Bay. Irish is spoken on Chléire, and it is the most southerly Gaeltacht area. Indeed, Cape Clear is the most southerly inhabited part of Ireland.

Cape Clear (Liam Lysaght)
Cape Clear (Photo: Liam Lysaght)

About 120 people live on the island year round. The island is 4.5 km long and, at its broadest, less than 2 km wide. The island has a long association with birdwatching, for its location at the extreme south-west of Ireland makes it an ideal location for watching and studying bird migration. Spring and autumn sometimes see large influxes of songbirds moving to and from their breeding ground, and most years rare vagrants from Siberia and America are seen. In addition, Cape Clear is one of the best places in Europe to watch seabird migration in late summer. A bird observatory has operated on Cape Clear since 1959. Cetaceans, basking sharks, sunfish and leather back turtles are all to be seen, sometimes in good numbers. Cape Clear is the kind of place that anything could turn up! The island is predominately peat and heath vegetation with rocky outcrops and improved grassland. But it is also regarded as a “botanical hotspot” due to the large number of plants found in such a small area, including several rare species. The largest freshwater body is the 4.5 ha Lough Errul, and there are also low-lying marshy areas.

Already there are 598 species included in the national biodiversity database from Cape Clear.  Download a list of the species here: Cape Clear species list

If you would like to help with recording on Cape Clear contact coflynn@biodiversityireland.ie or golivercape@gmail.com
For further information and to book accommodation see http://www.capeclearisland.ie/index

Oilean Cleire logoe      Cailin Oir small logo

Island Wildlife Festival programme

 

Tuesday 7th June

08:00 – 09:00hrs          Bird walk & ringing demonstration  – Steve Wing

10:00 – 12:00hrs          Flower walk – Geoff Oliver

10:30 – 12:30hrs          Goat milking & husbandry – Ed Harper

11:00 – 18:00hrs          Maritime photographs  – Pat Con O’Driscoll

12:00 – 16:00hrs          Heritage Museum – Joan Kearney

13:00 – 15:00hrs          Fastnet Trip (low tide 14:19hrs)    – M.J. Cadogan

13:00 – 15:00hrs          Rocky Shore as Gaeilge   –  Paula Ní Ríogáin

19:00 – 21:00hrs          Photographs from Peter Cox, Chuck Kruger & Mary Cadogan

21:00hrs                      Meals in Cotter’s Bar and Sean Rua’s Restaurant

21:00 – 22:00hrs          Bird Observatory Log (daily record of wildlife sightings)

Wednesday 8th June

08:00 – 09:00hrs          Bird walk & ringing demonstration  – Steve Wing

10:00 – 12:00hrs          Dry-stone walling demonstration –  Áine Ní Ríogáin

10:30 – 12:30hrs          Goat milking & husbandry  – Ed Harper

11:00 – 18:00hrs          Maritime Photographs – Pat Con O’Driscoll

12:00 – 14:00hrs          Flower walk – Geoff Oliver

12:00 – 16:00hrs          Heritage Museum – Joan Kearney

14:00 – 16:00hrs          Fastnet Trip – M. J. Cadogan

14:00 – 16:00hrs          Net mending demonstration – (to be confirmed)

21:00hrs                      Meals in Cotter’s Bar and Sean Rua’s Restaurant

21:00 – 22:00hrs          Bird Observatory Log (daily record of wildlife sightings)

Evening                       Traditional music/dance/poetry in pubs

Thursday 9th June

08:00 – 09:00hrs          Bird walk & ringing demonstration  – Steve Wing

10:00 – 12:00hrs          Dry-stone walling demonstration –  Áine Ní Ríogáin

10:30 – 12:30hrs          Goat milking & husbandry  – Ed Harper

11:00 – 18:00hrs          Maritime Photographs – Pat Con O’Driscoll

12:00 – 14:00hrs          Flower walk – Geoff Oliver

12:00 – 16:00hrs          Heritage Museum – Joan Kearney

12:00 – 14:00hrs          Seaweed buffet – Suzy Brown

14:00 – 16:00hrs          Net mending demonstration – (to be confirmed)

15:00 – 18:00hrs          Fastnet Trip – M. J. Cadogan

21:00hrs                      Meals in Cotter’s Bar and Sean Rua’s Restaurant

21:00 – 22:00hrs          Bird Observatory Log (daily record of wildlife sightings)

Evening                       Traditional music/dance/poetry in pubs

Friday 10th June

08:00 – 09:00hrs          Bird walk & ringing demonstration  – Steve Wing

10:30 – 12:30hrs          Goat milking & husbandry  – Ed Harper

11:00 – 18:00hrs          Maritime Photographs – Pat Con O’Driscoll

12:00 – 16:00hrs          Heritage Museum – Joan Kearney

14:00 – 16:00hrs          Flower walk – Geoff Oliver

16:00 – 18:00hrs          Fastnet Trip – M. J. Cadogan

21:00hrs                      Traditional meal in Sean Rua’s Restaurant

21:00 – 22:00hrs          Bird Observatory Log (daily record of wildlife sightings)

22:00 – 23:00hrs          Bat walk & Stargazing – Paddy Sleeman

Evening                       Traditional music/dance/poetry in pubs

Saturday 11th June

08:00 – 09:00hrs          Bird walk & ringing demonstration  – Steve Wing

10:00 – 12:00hrs          Flower walk – Geoff Oliver

10:30 – 12:30hrs          Goat milking & husbandry  – Ed Harper

11:00 – 18:00hrs          Maritime Photographs – Pat Con O’Driscoll

12:00 – 16:00hrs          Heritage Museum – Joan Kearney

12:00hrs                      Launch of Island BioBlitz 2016

12:00 – 15:30hrs          Sea watch from the cliffs – Padraig Whooley (IWDG)

14:00 – 18:00hrs          Pelagic boat trip – Paul Connaughton (Shearwater Wildlife Tours)

16:30 – 18:30hrs          Fastnet Trip – M.J. Cadogan

21:00 – 22:00hrs          Bird Observatory Log (daily record of wildlife sightings)

22:00 – 23:00hrs          Bat walk & Stargazing – Andrew Harrington (Bat Conservation Ireland)

Evening                       Traditional music/dance in pubs

Sunday 12th June

08:00 – 10:00hrs             Bird walk & ringing demonstration – Steve Wing

09:00 – 11:00hrs             Opening of moth traps – Eamonn O’Donnell

10:30 – 12:30hrs             Goat milking & husbandry – Ed Harper

11:00 – 18:00hrs             Maritime Photographs – Pat Con Driscoll

12:00hrs                         Island BioBlitz –  finishes

12:30hrs                         Island BioBlitz – winners annouced

14:00h – 16:00hrs          Heritage Walk   (local history and archaeology)   –  Diarmuid Ó Drisceoil

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