Ireland offers many rewards for nature and wildlife  lovers.

The weather often surprises, but always dictates the opportunity for taking a photo. There is a saying often refered to in Ireland: “There is no such thing as bad weather…just a bad choice of clothing”! In the summer you can marvel at the abundance of insects, bees and butterflies taking advantage of our colourful plants and flowers.1-IMG_4474

Busy Bee with a few friends
Busy Bee with a few friends
Color everywhere
Color everywhere

Garden residents in the bird world include the little ‘Blue tit’ (Ireland’s answer to the much larger ‘Blue Jay’), the Robin (much smaller than its North American cousin), as well as winter visitors like the ‘Pied Wagtail and ‘Song Thrushes’.

Mr.Blue Tit
Mr.Blue Tit
Steely-eyed Jackdaw
Steely-eyed Jackdaw

Larger birds include a large variety of water birds, crows and birds of prey.The largest birds of prey include the ‘Golden Eagle’ of the north west, and the recently introduced ‘White-tailed Eagle’ in the far south of the island.

Mount 'Nephin', Co.Mayo
Mount ‘Nephin’, Co.Mayo

We have one of the largest continuous coastal drives in Europe know as the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ where you will see long unspoiled sandy beaches as well as huge cliffs and rocks.   We don’t have as many forest as we used to, but those we do have are in areas of outstanding natural beauty.

 

 

Ulster's volcanic rock formations are world-renowned.
Ulster’s volcanic rock formations are world-renowned.
Enchanted Irish forest high in the Sperrins of Antrim.
Enchanted Irish forest high in the Sperrins of Antrim.
Forest in Co.Wexford, Ireland
Forest in Co.Wexford, Ireland

We love horses here in Ireland and you will come across some stunning examples around the countryside. You never know what strange things you will see growing all around you.

Equestrian delights aplenty.
Equestrian delights aplenty
Magic mushrooms too!
Magic mushrooms too!

We have some nice rolling mountains and ample lake lands offering fantastic photo opportunities. With evergreen grassy fields dominating the midlands you may be surprised to hear that there are 10 million cows in Ireland, a few million sheep …and only 6 million people!   Some of the locals

 

 

 

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