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What future for Native Oysters in Clew Bay?

Oysters have been a source of food for the people around Clew Bay shores from  prehistoric times. ‘Kitchen middens’ which are collections of discarded oysters shells can sometimes be seen exposed on eroded seashore banks and shows our ancestors taste for dining on shellfish picked at low tide. Honour Sisk’s study into the islands inContinue reading “What future for Native Oysters in Clew Bay?”

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A new species, Great Egret in Clew Bay 21/11/2019

A Great Egret feeding in Claggan lagoon, Clew Bay, County Mayo. The Little Egret arrived in Ireland and bred in 1997. Now the Great Egret bred in the UK in 2012 and here we have it visiting Ireland’s west coast.  For the last month Birdwatch Ireland have reported a Great Egret in Westport Bay nearContinue reading “A new species, Great Egret in Clew Bay 21/11/2019”

Clew Bay – help record its Biodiversity

Clew Bay’s iconic mountain Croagh Patrick in the grip of winter is a pleasure to see if you live around the bay or in Westport. The Bay itself is stunning to see if you ever make it up to Croagh Patrick’s summit, a myriad of 140 small islands or treat yourself to Michael Cusack’s book,Continue reading “Clew Bay – help record its Biodiversity”

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”

Vikings, longships and Clew Bay

On Ireland’s west coast Viking raiders were known to raid monasteries on offshore islands (Skelligs, Inishmurray) and inland up rivers from the coast. Clew bay’s islands were a perfect seafarers haven to rest up for such raiders. The National Museum in Castlebar has a fascinating find which suggests Viking ships have visited Clew Bay inContinue reading “Vikings, longships and 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”

World Ocean Day, 8th June 2017

Ireland is a small island surrounded by water. Not many Irish people appreciate that simple fact. It has a huge impact on our lives but its a blindspot for many. To live healthily we need clean land and seas. Currently we pollute the sea and the land. Plastic is everywhere. Just a thought – thinkContinue reading “World Ocean Day, 8th June 2017”

Early May in Clew Bay, mackerel in

The first two weeks in May are often some of the best weather of the year. 2017 has delivered. On the evening of 10/05/2017 I caught my first Mackerel too, four lovely adult fish 30cm and bigger. Easterly winds in the first week kept the temperatures cool but the warmth is back in the sun.Continue reading “Early May in Clew Bay, mackerel in”

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