Aftr having got the info from Niall on the three reserves on the East Coast, I feel rather envious when living in such a beautiful part of the country.
Anyway, there are two lagoons on the South Coast of West Cork. Both are lagoons, one in Rosscarbery, beside the Celtic Ross Hotel, with a road along the side. A large flock of Mute Swans is resident here, and I remember of endless trips in the bus of the West Cork Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) as we drove passed, collecting members living near Ross. And although I cannot remember the particular birds I saw, there always was much wildlife in the lake, created by the causeway. More details
I have many times been in the hotels for IWA committee meetings, yet I cannot remember having gone onto the road without the bus, and do not know if you can get close to the edge. I am dying to find out myself, and would not say no to a chance to go and have a look. Transport, as ever is the big problem though.
The other is in Clonakilty, a little further than Rosscarbery. Or closer, if you are coming from Cork city.
I have never done this walk, or part of it, as I only recently came upon the website, myself. Like Ross, I have been in Clonakilty endless times. A nice historic town (as is Rosscarbery) which has won Tidy Town numerous times.
The NPWS is still working on the marsh to develop the place and offer things like hides, etc. so, I will contact them about these and accessibility.
It looks as if you are able to do birding from a car. As long as you bring scopes and lenses.
LEAVE YOUNG BIRDS BE!!
Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!
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