The Cape Clear Bird Observatory was founded in 1959 to study bird migration given the island's ideal location. It moved into the current house in the North Harbour in 1962 and remains Ireland's only active Bird Observatory.

Cape Clear is one of the best places to watch seabird migration in Europe, especially during the late summer months. Spring and autumn bring large numbers of song birds moving to and from their breeding grounds, amongst which there are usually one or two strays from North America and Siberia. Combined with resident birds like Chough which can be difficult to see elsewhere in Ireland, Cape Clear is well worth a visit throughout the year for anybody with an interest in birds or wildlife in general.

We offer hugely popular Wildlife Courses, running a variety of events ranging from Beginners Birding to Seabirds and Migration. These have proved to be very popular and tend to book out early.

Click here for details of our next course "From Seabirds to Songbirds" running from the 2nd to the 6th of September 2013.

We carry out a ringing program and welcome visiting ringers to the Observatory. All equipment and rings are supplied, all you need to bring is your Permit! See our Ringing page for more details.



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