Birding Locations Ireland

Bull Island

Bull Island (also known as Dollymount Beach) is popular with Dubliners as a recreational area for swimming, golf, walking, fishing, water sports and Bird Watching. The island is made up of sandy dunes with a wide beach that is exposed at low tide. The beach is on one side of the island facing the sea. The side facing the road that runs from Clontarf to Howth is an area of mudflats that are exposed at low tide.

It is a protected nature reserve and a great spot for bird photography. The island is is 5km long by 1km wide and it is connected to the mainland by a causeway near Sutton, and an old wooden bridge in Clontarf that takes cars one direction at a time. There is an area of mudflats along the causeway where you can see waders and wild fowl.

A walk across the bridge at low tide will give you good views of waders, ducks, geese, grebes, little egrets, herons and gulls. The beach is good for viewing Kestrels as well as Stone Chats, Linnets, Hooded Crows, Pied Wagtail as well as Dunlin, Knot, Sanderling, Oyster Catchers, Turnstone and many more.




Kestrel at Bull Island: Canon 650 D, 75 - 300 Lens, 1/1250 Sec, F5.6, ISO 640

Little Grebes at Bull Island: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1/2500 Sec, F5.6, ISO 320

Curlew at Bull Island: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/320 Sec, F5.8, ISO 200

Brent Goose at Bull Island: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/1000 Sec, F8, ISO 640