Rob runs workshops during the year designed for people with an interest in nature to learn about our native wildlife and gain useful skills in recognising some of the different types of animals that can be encountered in Ireland. These events consist of indoor talks on particular groups and how they can be studied and identified. There may be an outdoor walk afterwards to gain some practical experience (weather permitting).
After spending many years as a bird watcher, Rob can give expert advice and guidance on getting to grips with Ireland’s birds. These include birds you might see on a garden bird table or feeder to those you might only encounter in particular habitats. If you visit a woodland, lake or the coast and come across a bird but aren’t sure what you’re looking at or listening to, then joining one of my workshops can help you improve your skills. It doesn‘t matter if you have have never picked up a pair of binoculars before.
Subjects covered include:
- Distinguishing similar looking birds (little brown jobs!)
- Learning bird song and calls
- Focusing on groups such as wildfowl, warblers and birds of prey
Rob also gives talks on insects including butterflies, moths and dragonflies during the spring and summer months when these colourful and diverse creatures are out and about for us to find. In a workshop, you can come on a butterfly walk or look at what the moth trap has caught the previous night.
Upcoming workshops are listed below.
24-26th May 2013
Based in county Sligo near Raghly point, this nature workshop is designed as an introduction to the diverse variety of life found in Ireland at this time of year including birds, butterflies, bees, moths & flowers. Indoor evening talks will complement the outdoor activities. The workshop includes two night’s bed & breakfast at Ardtarmon house on the coast, a rustic setting with plenty of nature around the area.
Cost: €155 per person (individual) or €140 per person sharing a double/twin room.
Accommodation details and location can be viewed at www.ardtarmon.com.
A non-residential rate of €75 per person is also available, which includes lunch.
Contact me by phone or e-mail to book (086 4004526 firstname.lastname@example.org)
For anyone travelling by plane, transfers from Knock airport to Ardtarmon House are available for up to 4 people per trip.
8 - 9 pm - Talk at Ardtarmon House: Butterflies, Bees & Dragonflies. Learn about Ireland’s colourful summer insects
8 - 9 am - Breakfast
9 - 1 pm - Bird, butterfly & bee walk from Ardtarmon to Raghly, looking for the variety of insects and other life in the area
1 - 2 pm - Lunch at Ardtarmon House
2 - 6 pm - Excursions to Mullaghmore on the machair to look for orchids & insects including the Marsh Fritillary butterfly (if we’re lucky). Then on to the headland for breeding Kittiwakes, Fulmars & Choughs. Dolphins also regularly pass by the area
6 - 8 pm - Dinner at Mullaghmore (not included in price)
8:30 pm - Talk at Ardtarmon House: Moths - Dispelling the myths on this diverse group, followed by setting up the moth traps
10 - 11pm - Evening bat walk around the grounds
4:30 - 5:30 am - Dawn chorus woodland walk in the grounds of Ardtarmon House (optional)
8 - 9 am - Breakfast
9 - 12 pm - Looking at the variety of moths collected in the moth traps overnight
Please note: The schedule is subject to change depending on weather conditions
The schedule can be downloaded as a pdf : Wildlife Weekend