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Free shore-based whale watching occasions to mark Nationwide Biodiversity Week

The Irish Whale And Dolphin Group (IWDG) is internet hosting free shore-based guided whale-watching occasions across the Irish coast on Saturday 21 Might to mark Nationwide Biodiversity Week. IWDG personnel will lead occasions in 5 counties, assisted by native members and skilled observers who will share their expertise and expertise on the day. It provides a improbable alternative to be taught extra in regards to the marine wildlife visiting our shores, and to choose up some ideas that may show you how to spot these iconic marine mammals for your self.

Whale Watching Biodiversity Week
An IWDG Whale Watching occasion at Cloghna Head in West Cork, one of many places on Saturday’s itinerary

All of the watches will happen between 10am and 12 midday, and are open to everybody. There is no such thing as a have to ebook: merely flip up on the day and profit from the expertise. You probably have binoculars, or higher nonetheless, a recognizing scope, carry them with you, as the higher your optics, the higher your possibilities of seeing whales and dolphins on the day.

As with all out of doors occasion, the organisers ask that you simply costume appropriately for circumstances on the day, and please keep in mind that profitable shore-based whale watching is extremely climate dependent. Native IWDG watch-leaders reserve the best to cancel occasions with out discover within the occasion of excessive winds or rain, each of which render shore-based whale watching unfeasible.

You could see a Humpback Whale from shore this Biodiversity Week
A humpback whale near shore off West Cork. There are at present humpbacks off the south coast.

IWDG Biodiversity Week Whale Watching Occasions

  • Loop Head, Co. Clare, assembly at Lighthouse, chief Mags Daly, Ph. 083 8401102, electronic mail: mags.daly@iwdg.ie
  • Dun na mBó, Mullett Peninsula, Co. Mayo, chief Sean Pierce, Ph. 086 8368736, electronic mail: pierceboystp@gmail.com
  • Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim, assembly at West Lighthouse, chief Pádraig Whooley, Ph. 086 3850568, electronic mail: padraig.whooley@iwdg.ie
  • Howth Head, Co. Dublin, assembly @ Balscadden Automobile Pk, little store (Howth Hub), chief Dave O’ Connor, Ph. 087 6665049, electronic mail: dave@wolfhoundtours.com
  • Cloghna Head, West Cork, assembly @ Galley head view automobile park, chief Denis O’ Regan, Ph. 083 3369775, electronic mail: watch@denis.co

See the full announcement on the IWDG web site right here, and For those who’d prefer to brush up in your shore-based whale-watching expertise forward of the occasion, take a look at our useful whale watching information right here.

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