Birding Locations Ireland
Turvey Park Nature Reserve
Turvey Park Nature Reserve is situated in North County Dublin, between Swords and Donabate. It has a mixtures of woodland, open grass areas, wild grasslands, small lake and tidal estuary. If you are driving from Dublin, rake the M1 motorway to the Donabate Exit and turn right onto the old N1 towards Skerries. Drive straight through the next roundabout and you will come to another roundabout very quickly, with a petrol station on the right. Turn right here and follow the road for about 1 Kilometre. You will come to an entrance on your left which is the entrance to the park, There is usually plenty of spaces in the carpark and signage at the entrance to the pathways to give you directions.
The park has two very distinctive habitats. You will pass through fields and woodland areas on your way to the estuary. Watch out for birds of prey as well as buntings, finches, warblers, chats, thrushes, pheasants and smaller birds like Long Tailed Tits, Wrens and Goldcrests.
There is a huge variety of birds in the park including Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Linnets, Redpoll, Yellowhammers, Reed Bunting and Stonechats. There are many birds of prey including Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel, Sparrow Hawk, Merlin, Peregrine and Hen Harrier. The estuary supports a large population of waders, ducks and geese. Occasional visitors include Ruff, Pectoral Sandpiper, Goldeneye, Osprey, Lesser Yellowlegs, Osprey and Red Kites.
It is easy to find your way around the park. Check out the walks on the signage posted at the entrance.
There is a bird hide overlooking the estuary and it is open on Saturday and Sunday. You will usually find members of Birdwatch Ireland who are always happy to chat to you about the local wildlife. Here you will see Teal, Wigeon Shellduck and other ducks, as well as geese, waders, curlew, Egrets, divers and birds of prey including peregrine, Merlin, Buzzard, ravens and occasional Hen Harriers. In winter at low tide, there can be thousands of birds present.