Birding Locations Ireland

Stonechat at Newcastle, Wicklow: Canon EOS 7 D MK ll, EF 100 - 400 Lens, 1/1000th Sec, F8, ISO 250

Ireland is a haven for bird photography. There are over 450 varieties of birds to be found in Ireland and about half of these are present all year long. Our location on the western edge of Europe makes us a perfect stopover point for birds migrating during Spring and Autumn.

Many varieties of waders, geese and ducks will migrate from here in Spring and head further north. At the same time we will see an influx of swallows, sand and house martins, and warblers coming to Ireland from further south.

We are fortunate to have the support of Birdwatch Ireland which is the largest independent conservation organisation in Ireland.Their primary objective is the protection of wild birds and their habitats in Ireland.

They manage a significant number of Bird reserves throughout the country in Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Mayo, Offaly, Wicklow and Wexford.

While we are known for our inclement weather, it is rare to get long spells when the light is poor. And we have fantastic locations to choose from throughout the country. As a relatively small island, we have the benefit coastal access to the Irish Sea in the east and the Atlantic Ocean in the west.

In between you will find forest, farmland, mountains, lakes, bogs and rivers. Here, you will find information on many birding sites throughout Ireland including directions and information on the types of birds you are likely to find.

Click on the button below for more information about birding sites throughout Ireland, including maps and Sat Nav co-ordinates.


Reed Bunting

Common breeding resident throughout Ireland particularly near farmland and wetlands. Canon EOS 7 D MK ll, EF 100 – 400 Lens, 1/500th Sec, F9, ISO 250


Common breeding resident throughout the country in farmland and woodlands. Also common garden visitor. Canon EOS 7 D MK ll, EF 100 – 400 Lens, 1/400th Sec, F8, ISO 400


Regular visitor to coastal areas of Ireland in Spring, Summer abd Autumn: Canon EOS 7 D MK ll, EF 100 – 400 Lens, 1/1000th Sec, F10, ISO 1600

Black Tailed Godwit

Visits coastal areas and wetlands in Spring, Summer and Autumn: Canon EOS 7 D MK ll, EF 100 – 400 Lens, 1/1250th Sec, F9, ISO 400


Restricred to coastal Islands and cliffs and only seen in summer: Canon EOS 7 D MK ll, Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM Lens, 1/400th Sec, F6.3, ISO 320


Common Resident breeder all year in coastal areas: Canon EOS 7 D MK ll, Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM Lens, 1/500th Sec, F5.6, ISO 100

European Starling at East Coast Nature Reserve, Newcastle, Wicklow: Canon 7D Mk, 100-400 Lens, 1/1250th, F8, ISO 800

Regardless of the time of year, or where you are in Ireland, there are multiple sites near you where you can get close to our bird life.

This shot of a European Starling was taken at the East Coast Nature Reserve near Newcastle, County Wicklow.

It is a mix of grassland, woodland and wetland and there are walking trails and bird hides on the site.

It is located on the coast and in early summer you will see “Little Terns” fishing along the coast.

There is a breeding colony located between Newcastle and Kilcoole and it is protected each year by volunteers from Birdwatch Ireland.

The area is also good for a wide variety of gulls and divers, and gannets are often seen fishing along the coastline

The reed beds attract raptors including Kestrel, Merlin, Hen Harriers and Red Kites.

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