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Location and directions

Island Information


List of photographers

October 2010 Report

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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 up to November 2013, remained Ireland's only active Bird Observatory. More details about the history of Cape Clear can be found here.  

Following the completion of the engineering works at North Harbour that necessitated our temporary closure, we are pleased to say that the observatory is open once again and that we are now taking bookings for the autumn 2015 season.

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.

Our next course "From Seabirds to Songbirds" led by Dick Coombes (BirdWatch Ireland) will run from 7th-11th of September 2015.  Please click here for more details or call us on 01 2819878.


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