Birding Locations Ireland

Skerries

Skerries is located in North County Dublin between Swords and Balbriggan. The harbour overlooks a shingle beach that attracts waders and gulls. Behind the harbour is a path and carpark, both overlooking a rocky shoreline where you can often see gulls, terns, ducks and divers. Skerries is clearly signposted from the M1 motorway from Dublin to Belfast and in the opposite direction.

When you reach the town follow the signs for the Harbour. This will take you along the beach road to the Harbour. Turn right at the end of the road which leads to the carpark.

Turnstone at Skerries Harbour: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/4000 Sec, F8, ISO 640

The walk back along the shoreline towards the harbour gives you views of the rocky shoreline which is more productive at low tide as it attracts waders like Turnstone, Dunlin, Ringed Plovers and Oyster Catchers. There also many gulls and in Summer there are Common Terns, Sandwich Terns and occasionally Arctic Terns. You will also see Cormorants and occasionally Black Throated Divers.

Sandwich Tern at Skerries: Canon 7D MKll, Canon 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/800 Sec, F*, ISO 100

There are steps down to the beach which is accessible at low tide. You can walk along the beach right up a boat ramp at the back of the harbour. From here you can leave the beach and check out the inner harbour.It is often busy with fishing trawlers unloading their catch and this attracts seals and a wide variety of gulls.

Great Black Backed Gull with stolen catch: Canon 7D MKll, Canon 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/800 Sec, F11, ISO 500

From the harbour you can walk back along the roadway that fronts onto the bay and inner beach. This is popular with waders and the occasional diver. The 4 images below were taken from this beach.

When you drive back out of the car park, follow the signs for Balbriggan and when you get back onto the coast road you will see parking places on the right hand side of the road. You can walk along the coast here and see tern colonies in Spring and Summer.

Sandwich Tern at Skerries: Canon 7D MKll, Canon 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/500 Sec, F8, ISO 640

SKERRIES, DUBLIN

THE SAT NAV CO-ORDINATES FOR HARBOUR CAR PARK ARE 53.585318, -6.102163

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SAT NAV CO-ORDINATES FOR TERN COLONY 53.583451, -6.122911

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