Birding Locations Ireland

Sutton Strand

Sutton Strand is located in North Dublin, close to Howth Head, overlooking the end of Bull Island. When the tide is out there is a large area of sandy and rocky beach exposed. This attracts a good variety of gulls and waders. The best time to visit is an hour or two before full tide as the incoming tide drives birds closer to shore.

Great Black Backed Gull, Sutton Strand, Dublin: 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/1000 SEC, F11, ISO 1000

If you are travelling by car from Dublin, turn right at Sutton Cross and again turn right where the road follows the coast. A few hundred metres further on, there is a lay by where you can park the car.Walk back in the direction came from and check out the beach. You can also walk on in the opposite direction and stay with the coast road until you reach a nature walk along the coast.

Jackdaw at Sutton Strand, Dublin: Canon 7D Mkll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 EXT, 1/640 Sec, F14, ISO 1250

If you have time to spare, you can visit Howth Harbour, or Howth Head which is only a 10 minute drive from here.

Common Gull at Sutton Strand, Dublin, Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1,4 Ext, 1/640 Sec, F14, ISO 320

Oyster-catcher at Sutton Strand, Dublin: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/640 Sec, F14, ISO 500