Common Seals in Clew Bay 02082019

Females give birth to a single pup in June or July each year. Pups are very well developed at birth and can swim and dive when just a few hours old. This enables common seals to breed in estuaries where sand- banks are exposed for only part of the day. Mothers feed their young withContinue reading “Common Seals in Clew Bay 02082019”

Islands biodiversity on a March day in Clew Bay 07032019

Hares, Otter, Barnacle geese, Turnstones, Great Northern Divers, Red Breasted Mergansers, Cormorants, Oystercatchers, Pied Wagtail, Rock Pipit. Recording biodiversity It was a fresh windy day today in Clew Bay. I took advantage of the the shelter from the north west wind by hugging the south side of the islands. I island hopped my way aroundContinue reading “Islands biodiversity on a March day in Clew Bay 07032019”

Clew Bay, 30 December 2018. The sea is warming around Ireland.

It is almost the last day of 2018 on the shores of Clew Bay, on Ireland’s west coast.The weather is unusually mild. Its dry and the temperature is 10 degrees and a gentle breeze is blowing from the south west. This afternoon I saw a flock of teal, a greenshank and five Curlews on aContinue reading “Clew Bay, 30 December 2018. The sea is warming around Ireland.”

Common seal pups and mackerel in Clew Bay

Sleeping Common Seal adult with two pups, on an island in Westport Bay, County Mayo 2018 Boat trip to the seal colony in Clew Bay Ireland has two species of seal. The Common or Harbour seal and the Grey seal. Clew Bay  is  a Natura 2000 site and has both species but the Common sealContinue reading “Common seal pups and mackerel in Clew Bay”

July mackerel fishing in the calms

    A family party fish for mackerel onboard “Rebecca” in Clew Bay, County Mayo with Kilmeena based Wild Atlantic Charters. July saw unprecedented fine weather in Clew Bay which was like waking up in a different country. It is so long since we have experienced such a long settled spell of weather. Female CommonContinue reading “July mackerel fishing in the calms”

Mackerel in Clew Bay on May 12th.

  A panoramic view from “Rebecca” near Inishoo in Clew Bay 12th Mayo 2018 Photo Shay Fennelly Kevin has a horse and gives trips in a horse and carriage in Westport town. Kevin is a seaman and also a keen observer of nature. Kevin told me the moon jelly fish have arrived in Clew Bay.Continue reading “Mackerel in Clew Bay on May 12th.”

A not so common Common Lizard

  A not so commonly seen animal in Ireland is the Common Lizard (Lacerta vivipara). I remember as a child seeing them skittering away on a summers days when I tried to catch them. This is the first I have seen one in the last thirty years found on a fence post in a bog.Continue reading “A not so common Common Lizard”

Common Seals in Clew Bay

One of the most interesting marine mammals in Clew Bay is the Common Seal. Clew Bay’s archipelago of islands hosts a number of seal haul outs where seals can be seen from passing boats. Common seals come to shore during June to give birth and mate again around this time but usually in the water.Continue reading “Common Seals in Clew Bay”

2018 Serial storms hit Clew Bay

January is the month of serial winter storms. Clew Bay’s inner islands protect the coast between Westport and Newport from the wrath of these North Atlantic storms. Bertra, the local Blue flag beach at the foot of Croagh Patrick has been hard hit again. A boulder beach has covered the tarmac access road to theContinue reading “2018 Serial storms hit Clew Bay”

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