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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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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”

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”

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”

Clew bay, sunshine, wind, and mackerel

Sunshine, wind and mackerel on the Wild Atlantic Charters in Clew Bay, County Mayo.

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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