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How many Otters live in Clew Bay?

This is a question no one can answer. Why you may ask? No one has tried to count the otters because to do an otter survey of Clew Bay you need lots of time to search and you need to be able to access 140 small islands. In Shetland a female coastal otter have beenContinue reading “How many Otters live in Clew Bay?”

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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”

Bottlenose dolphins in Mayo

It takes time and effort to learn what marine mammals are present off the Mayo coast. One collaborative effort involving Dutch, Norwegian, English and Irish scientists occurred between 2008-2009 off the Galway and Mayo coast. Bottlenose dolphins in Connemara and Mayo 2008-2009. Movement patterns between two coastal areas in the west of Ireland. A totalContinue reading “Bottlenose dolphins in Mayo”

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”

Harbour Porpoise in Clew Bay 2017

Discover Ireland’s smallest whale in Clew Bay

Herring arrive in Clew Bay

While fishing with some French visitors from Arles, they caught the first herring I have seen in Clew Bay. Known to come into the bay in the autumn fishermen fished at night with nets to catch the shoals of herring. Back in the 1970’s there was a herring fishery off Mayo, but it was overfished.Continue reading “Herring arrive in Clew Bay”

Return to Erris Head

I first visited Erris Head by bicycle back in the 1990’s. In 1993 I was back on the International Federation of Animal Welfare’s whale research yacht, “Song of the Whale.” They came to support a project I was promoting in Mayo to build an Ocean visitor centre in Blacksod Bay. The idea was to tellContinue reading “Return to Erris Head”

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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