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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”

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Grey Seals in Clew Bay

The Grey Seal is also present in Clew Bay. Larger than the Common Seal they breed in October. Grey Seals only occur in small numbers in inner Clew Bay, scattered on rocky islets in ones or twos. During the breeding season I have come across an occasional Grey Seal pup on rocky islets until theyContinue reading “Grey Seals in Clew Bay”

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”

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”

Harbour Porpoise in Clew Bay 2017

Discover Ireland’s smallest whale in Clew Bay

April sunshine in Clew Bay

Two days of sunshine in early April saw “Rebecca” make a passage to Murrisk pier from Rosmoney via Crovinish and Inishraher. Blue skies and sunshine were welcome after weeks of grey cloud and rain. Air temperature was about 10 degrees, not yet shorts weather. Common seals were basking on the rocks enroute near Carrickawart. WeContinue reading “April sunshine in Clew Bay”

First Spring days 2017

Rebecca (5.8m) ready for exploring the islands and wildlife in Clew Bay from Rosmoney, Westport, County Mayo. Photo Liamy McNally 2017 Today 26 March was a beautiful sunny spring day out in Clew Bay. An easterly wind kept the temperature to a coolish 11 degrees centigrade. No fish biting today off Inishoo. Brent Geese areContinue reading “First Spring days 2017”

Clew Bay – island archipelago

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Wild Atlantic Charters in Clew Bay, County Mayo

Wild Atlantic Charters is set up by marine biologist and photographer Shay Fennelly to explore Clew Bay’s Island archipelago wildlife and marine environment.

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