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Birdwatching in Belmullet



The Inishkea and Duvillaun Islands are of ornithological interest for their colonies of breeding seabirds and wintering geese. They hold the second largest colony of Great Black-backed Gull in Ireland (217 pairs during 1985-87). Other nationally important colonies include Cormorant (185 pairs), Shag (30-50 pairs), Fulmar (500 pairs), Common Gull (20-50 pairs) and Black Guillemot (80 individuals). Large numbers of Herring Gull are also found (300-400 pairs) (all figures are from 1981). Storm Petrel occur on Duvillaun More (14 colonies in 1966, total numbers are unknown, but probably at least 100 pairs).

The islands are also used as a wintering ground for internationally important numbers of Barnacle Geese (420-450 individuals in 1988), which interchange with the largest Irish population on the nearby Inishkea Islands.

Seagull, Dunlin and Common Snipe

Seagull, Dunlin and Common Snipe

The Peninsula is a port-of-call for migratory and wintering birds. Half of the world’s population of an Gé Ghiúrainn (the Barnacle Goose) comes to Inis Gé. The wetlands and the solitary bays and islands again afford a substantial habitat. Birds to be seen include an Scótar (the Common Scoter), an Cadban (the Brent Goose), an Eala ghlórach (the Whooper Swan) and an Foitheach cluasach (the Slavonian Grebe).



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