INISHBOFIN CORNCRAKE FESTIVAL
The first Inishbofin Corncrake Festival takes place at The Dolphin Hotel this May Bank Holiday 3rd-5th May 2019.
This exciting new festival, the first of its kind in Ireland, aims to allow visitors to hear and see this iconic bird, while raising awareness of the plight of this endangered species.
The call of the corncrake was once a familiar sound in rural Ireland. Intensification of farming practices such as early mowing for silage have pushed these birds out to more remote unspoilt areas of Donegal, Mayo, Connemara and offshore islands.
In 2018 Birdwatch Ireland estimated only 151 breeding pairs remained in Ireland.
Conversely, on Inishbofin in Co. Galway, numbers have steadily increased, with 18 calling males reported in 2018. So this tiny island is now home to over 10% of the country’s breeding population. This elusive bird has become synonymous with Inishbofin.
The weekend will include early morning and afternoon walks to corncrake habitats, led by well known birder, photographer and author Anthony McGeehan. Anthony will be exhibiting some of his stunning bird photographs at the Dolphin Hotel over the weekend.
Conservationist Feargal O̒ Cuinneagáin will describe the work he has done on his land on The Mullet peninsula , Co Mayo, to create a corncrake habitat.
There will be after dinner talks and midnight walks to hear the nostalgic crex crex call.
As well as corncrakes, the beautiful island of Inishbofin attracts breeding birds such as wheatear, skylark, chough, lapwing and ringed plover. There will also be time to explore Inishbofin’s beautiful beaches and visit the Island Craft Expo.
Beginner birdwatchers welcome.
contact Dolphin Hotel 095 45991