Waterford and Cork Trip – 2012

WATERFORD AND CORK TRIP – FRIDAY 13TH TO SUNDAY 15TH APRIL 2012

Friday 13th

19 people and our very nice and friendly driver Mick took off from Joe O’Brien’s bus depot, more or less, on time.  We had a very pleasant drive to the Copper Coast Mini Farm in Fenor where we had a short break, before going to Fenor Bog.  We were met by a lovely lady called Rita Byrne who showed us around and told us the history of the reserve, including some interesting and funny stories about how the local community, Móin Fhionnurach Development Association, came to purchase the bog in 1999 to save it from becoming a dump.  The lake you see, when you arrive at the site, came about accidentally when a digger came to put a pipe underground, to make a drain safe.  The driver worked away for the morning and went off to lunch, when he got back, all he could see was the top of the digger poking above the bog.  When the locals dug it out, the hole filled with water, so they had a lake, which has since become a habitat for various wildlife.  It rained while we were there, so we didn’t stay as long as we would have liked, as it was beautiful and there is lots to see there, maybe we will go back another time.  Full information on this wildlife area can be found at   http://www.ipcc.ie/sitefenor.html

We continued our bus journey along the scenic south coast of Waterford. We stopped in Dungarvan for lunch; most of the group went to cafes around the town, after deciding that Lawler’s Hotel was packed and noisy. We had a stop just outside Dungarvan for birdwatching (all birds, plants etc., lists attached ). Then we stopped at Ardmore, a lovely seaside village where we went for a very enjoyable cliff walk, before continuing to Macroom through more scenic views.

We arrived at the Castle Hotel car park at the back of the hotel, which the bus could not get into, so it had to park in the supermarket car park next door. The back entrance of the hotel had lots of steps, up and down, to negotiate, which was not a great start, but once we got as far as reception it all changed. The staff were very helpful, bringing bags to rooms and had us all organized and in very comfortable rooms in no time at all. Dinner that evening was really lovely, there was a good choice on the “Birdwatchers Menu”, and they were very accommodating, even when there was extra special requests over and above what was on our menu. After dinner, some of the group went out for a walk by the river to see if we could find bats, without much success. The others had a pint or an early night, whatever suited them.

Saturday 14th

After a very good breakfast at the hotel, we headed to The Gearagh, only a short drive from Macroom.

We were guided around the area by two very knowledgeable people, (Tommy Murphy – History and Aidan Duggan – Birds), where the river Lee was flooded by the ESB in the 1950s.  Tommy was a child living there when this happened and was able to tell us about the people who were moved from this area to accommodate the flooding, he believes that some of the older ones didn’t live very long as a direct result of the move.  Some of the locals came back daily, to stand on a hill overlooking the scene.  He painted a very vivid picture.  He also gave us the explanation of the reason the stumps of the trees, mainly Oak and Holly, were left standing. At that time the felling method was, a two man saw that was pulled from each side at standing height, and there wasn’t machinery around at the time either, to pull the stumps out.  This resulted in this unique scenery, which is very different from anything seen anywhere else.

Of course another result of the flooding is that the area is now a very good habitat for wildlife, mainly for over wintering birds but although it was too late in the year for these, there was plenty for us to see, including water birds, butterflies and plants.( see attached lists)

We returned to Macroom for lunch where the hotel was very busy, so again we all did our own thing and found various cafes around the town.  After lunch we boarded the bus, intending to stop at “Inchigeelagh”, further up the Lee Valley,  from “The Gearagh” , where there was a lake, but we didn’t find suitable parking for the bus.   As it wasn’t much further to “Guágan Barra Forest Park” where the river Lee rises, we continued on to there.  The scenery was fantastic, there was a café with toilets and several walks.  There was even a wedding, which was just finishing, in the little church on the “island” as we arrived.  We all spent a few hours enjoying the area, after which we returned for another lovely dinner in the Castle Hotel and again some of us went looking for bats after dinner, we did find some this time and also a fox, which didn’t look too healthy.  His tail was not bushy and his rump was very strange looking.  The rest of the group again enjoyed the hotel’s excellent hospitality

Sunday 15th May

We all got a loaf of home baked brown bread to take home, another lovely touch, as a present from the hotel, before we left on the Sunday morning.  The sun was shining for our visit to Fota Gardens, this made for a pleasant stroll around, there were plenty of birds and butterflies to be seen, among all the beautiful plants and trees.  There was a very good coffee shop here too, which we took advantage of, before we travelled on to our next stop.

Cushkinny Marsh is near Cobh, alongside a beach.  The marsh itself was full of birds and some of us walked straight to where we thought the best viewing was to be found, before we were told that we could see all the birds from the road, which, we then walked along.  It was another lovely place with lots of things for us to see and do.  The car park had views over the beach and surrounding water, where we gathered and enjoyed the sunshine before getting back on the bus, for the trip home.  We stopped off for dinner at The Park Hotel in Dungarvan, on the way, where we were very well looked after and then we had an extra half hour of bird watching because the hotel was beside the Colligan River Estuary.

This is a photo of the group, taken by Harm, at Fota Gardens,  everyone is happy.   Many thanks for this must go to Mary Foley, who was our leader on this trip; because she had so many things planned but was agreeable to change when things didn’t go quite a she had planned.   The group had a ball and were all very friendly and ready to cooperate and have fun whatever happened, which was all very good.

Mammals etc: By Harm & Brian

Common Pipistrelle and Fox

Butterflies: Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, a White, Green Veined White, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock.

Bumblebees: Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris); White-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lucorum); Garden bumblebee* (Bombus hortorum); Red-tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarus).

*the Garden bumblebee the shape of the head was not checked to determine exactly if it was not a Heath bumblebee- seen in Fota arboretum.

Birds: By Brian O’Connor

13/4/12

Fenor Bog

Mallard, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Dunnock, Blackbird, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Wren, Jackdaw, Rook, Reed Bunting.

Dungarvan Town

Grey Heron, Herring Gull, Swallow, Rock Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Rook, Hooded Crow.

Dungarvan – estuary

Brent Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Great-crested Grebe, Gannet, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Oystercatcher, Golden Plover, Redshank, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Sandwich Tern, Rook, Hooded Crow, Chaffinch.

Ardmore

Oystercatcher, Turnstone, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Swallow, Rock Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wren, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Jackdaw, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting.

14/3/12

Macroom

Mute Swan, Mallard, Grey Heron, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Swallow, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Wren, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Hooded Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Bullfinch.

The Gearagh

Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Teal, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Sand Martin, Swallow, Blackbird, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wren, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Rook, Hooded Crow, Chaffinch, Bullfinch.

Gougane Barra

Common Sandpiper, Robin, Blackbird, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Wren, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Hooded Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting.

 15/4/12

Fota Gardens

Pheasant, Sparrowhawk, Moorhen, Woodpigeon, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Wren, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Jackdaw, Hooded Crow, Rook, Chaffinch, Goldfinch.

Cuskinny Marsh (and also Cork Harbour)

Mute Swan, Shelduck, Mallard, Gadwall, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Gannet, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Guillemot, Sandwich Tern, Woodpigeon, Sand Martin, Swallow, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Wren, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Jackdaw, Rook, Hooded Crow, Chaffinch, Bullfinch.

Opposite Dungarvan Park Hotel

Brent Goose, Grey Heron, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Herring Gull, Dunnock, Blackbird, Hooded Crow.

 

Birds seen from coach which were not recorded at any of the above sites

Collared Dove, Starling, Linnet.

Plants: By Zoe Devlin

Black Medick   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Bush Vetch   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Cat’s-ear   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Common Ramping-fumitory   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Common Vetch   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Daisy   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Dandelion   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Dove’s-foot Crane’s-bill   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Gorse   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Groundsel   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Hedge Mustard   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Herb-robert   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Kidney Vetch   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Meadow Buttercup   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Red Clover   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Ribwort Plantain   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Smooth Sow-thistle   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Spear Thistle   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Sticky Mouse-ear   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Wild Carrot   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Wild Teasel   X250922 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Black Medick   X263931 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Daisy   X263931 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Dandelion   X263931 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Ivy   X263931 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Pellitory-of-the-wall   X263931 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Rock-Samphire   X263931 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Wallflower   X263931 Dungarvan, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Alexanders   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Barren Strawberry   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Blackthorn   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Bramble   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Bush Vetch   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Cleavers   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Common Dog-violet   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Common Nettle   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Daisy   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Dandelion   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Danish Scurvygrass   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
English Stonecrop   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Green Alkanet   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Ground-ivy   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Groundsel   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Herb-robert   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Honeysuckle   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Intermediate Polypody   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Ivy   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Ivy-leaved Toadflax   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Keeled-fruited Cornsalad   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Lesser Celandine   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Lords and Ladies   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Maidenhair Spleenwort   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Mind-your-own-Business   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Mouse-ear Hawkweed   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Navelwort   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Pellitory-of-the-wall   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Three-cornered garlic   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Winter Heliotrope   X197773 Ardmore, Co Waterford 13.04.12
Blackthorn   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Bracken   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Cat’s-ear   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Common Dog-violet   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Common Nettle   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Creeping Buttercup   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Cuckooflower   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Daisy   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Dandelion   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Greater Plantain   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Greater Stitchwort   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Groundsel   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Hemlock Water-dropwort   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Herb-robert   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Himalayan Balsam   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Ivy   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Ivy-leaved Toadflax   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Japanese Knotweed   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Marsh-marigold   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Meadowsweet   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Medium-flowered Winter-cress W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Ribwort Plantain   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Rustyback Fern   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Shining Crane’s-bill   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Silverweed   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Smooth Sow-thistle   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Sticky Mouse-ear   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Thyme-leaved Speedwell   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Wall rue   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
White Clover   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Wild Angelica   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Wood Avens   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Wood Speedwell   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Yellow Iris   W330713 The Gearagh, Co Cork 14.04.12
Bell Heather   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Cat’s-ear   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Common Dog-violet   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Common Sorrel   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Creeping Buttercup   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Daisy   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Dandelion   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Gorse   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Greater Stitchwort   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Hairy Bitter-cress   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Hawthorn   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Heath Milkwort   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Herb-robert   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Honeysuckle   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Intermediate Polypody   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Meadow Buttercup   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Red Clover   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Rowan   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
St Patrick’s Cabbage   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Sweet Violet   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Tormentil   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
White Clover   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Wood-sorrel   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Yellow Pimpernel   W083655 Gougane Barra, Co Cork 14.04.12
Barren Strawberry   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Common Chickweed   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Common Dog-violet   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Common Field-speedwell   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Daisy   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Dandelion   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Germander Speedwell   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Groundsel   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Hawthorn   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Herb-robert   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Intermediate Polypody   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Ivy-leaved Speedwell   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Keeled-fruited Cornsalad   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Lesser Celandine   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Lords and Ladies   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Maidenhair Spleenwort   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Primrose   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Procumbent Pearlwort   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Smooth Sow-thistle   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Three-cornered garlic   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Thyme-leaved Speedwell   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Winter Heliotrope   W788709 Fota House, Co Cork 15.04.12
Alexanders   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Barren Strawberry   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Black Medick   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Bluebell   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Bush Vetch   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Cleavers   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Common Figwort   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Common Sorrel   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Creeping Buttercup   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Foxglove   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Germander Speedwell   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Ground-ivy   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Groundsel   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Hemlock Water-dropwort   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Herb-robert   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Hogweed   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Intermediate Polypody   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Ivy   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Ivy-leaved Speedwell   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Maidenhair Spleenwort   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Meadowsweet   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Montbretia   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Navelwort   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Sea Beet   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Sea Mayweed   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Silverweed   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Spear Thistle   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Three-cornered garlic   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Water-cress   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Wavy Bitter-cress   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Wild Angelica   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Wood Avens   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Yellow Iris   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Moorhen   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Coot   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Mallard   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Shelduck   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12
Gadwall   W 816 675 Cuskinny Lough, Co Cork 15.04.12