Trip reports

Shane's Castle and Rea's Wood - William Smiton

Friday, 24 May 2019

We needed to book the group for our visit to Shane's Castle and William arranged it. It was very peaceful and scenic, with wild flowers in abundance and lots of birdsong. More...

Field trip to Portmore and Oxford Island 14 04 2019

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

It was Baltic!!! Yes, an Easterly wind blew and shelter was at a premium. Luckily Portmore and Oxford Island offered shelter and a great cafe where we thawed out. We saw and heard lots of birds.Thanks to Ernie Hunter who compiled the bird list and wrote the report. More...

Field Trip to Dundrum 17 02 2019 Ernie and Ruth Hunter

Thursday, 21 February 2019

We had a gaggle of Great Northern Diver, a raft or two of Scoter, big flocks of Brent, Lapwing and Golden Plover, Red Kites and a Giant Worm! Read on . . . More...

Trip near Dromore 20 01 2019

Monday, 21 January 2019

There were 17 of us looking forward to a tour of birding sites around Dromore, led by Michael and Lesa. More...

Six Mile Water Field Trip 18 11 2018 Brenda Campbell

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Birds, a bat and Dollaghan and in beautiful sunshine. More...

Garron Plateau - 14 10 2018 - William Smiton

Thursday, 20 September 2018

It was a glorious Autumn day when the group went to explore Dungonnell Reservoir guided by Darren Houston, RSPB Project Officer. More...

Dundrum and Murlough 20 05 2018 William Smiton

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

It was a tad cool at Dundrum on Sunday morning, yes, we were foundered! Nevertheless we had a good day out, despite the birds being on the most part invisible. They had hunkered down and who could blame them? More...

Report on Field trip to Antrim Hills, Glenarm and Whitehead by Roger Woodward

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Torrential rain called the planned trip into question. However the gathering of 21 folk just proved birders are optimists and of course the weather faired up, as it does! More...

Field Trip Ballynure to Glynn 18 03 2018 Daphne Donnelly

Monday, 26 March 2018

The group, led by Sherpa Smiton, braved the "Mini-beast From the East". More...

Field trip to Dundalk 18 02 2018 Bird List compiled by Lesa Ingleston

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The forecast wasn't great, but a bit of drizzle wasn't going to put us off going South. More...

Broadwater - Tannaghmore Garden - Portmore 14 01 2018 By Daphne Donnelly

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The sun was shining but it was bitterly cold. Well wrapped up against a biting wind, the field trip group were rewarded by a feast of birds. More...

Strangford Lough 19 11 2017 by Ernie Hunter

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Ernie had his work cut out when he volunteered to report on this field trip - 67 species spotted! More...

Field Trip to the North Coast 15 10 2017

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Such a beautiful part of the world with plenty of birds, we went to the North Coast on the weekend when we were holding our breath waiting for the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia to give us a bit of a beating. More...

Field Trip to Portmore and Oxford Island 17 09 2017

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

If you like bird watching in warm Autumn sunshine, this was the field trip for you. More...

Trip to Rathlin Island 10 06 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

We all LOVE Rathlin and it did not disappoint. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Thursday, 20 April 2017

On a rainy morning the group found that birds and a welcome cup of coffee could make the dullest day bright. More...

Field trip to Larne Lough and Antrim Hills by Ernie Hunter - 19 03 2017

Monday, 20 March 2017

The rain stopped and we had a feast of birds. More...

Field trip to Strangford 19 02 2017 Marty McClenaghan

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Would an early start ensure the quality and quantity of the birds to found? Read on and find out. More...

Field trip to Dromore, Banbridge and Oxford Island by Daphne Donnelly and William Smiton

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

More Bullfinches than you could shake a stick at! More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Monday, 24 October 2016

Sunday morning, The Mournes behind, the bay full of waders and the sound of a Curlew - perfect! More...

male stonechat perched on bramble

Sunday, 17 April 2016

It was just one of those days when every bird you wanted to see and hear put on a special show for us. Thanks to William for a speedy and engrossing report - 21.30 on 17 04 2016 More...

Ards Pensinsula Trip Report Michael Ingleston 20 03 2016 Bird List compiled by Kay Wheeler

Monday, 21 March 2016

An enthusiastic group of 20 birders set off to explore the amazing Ards Peninsula on a glorious Spring day. More...

Field trip to Dundrum Bay 14 02 2016 Daphne Donnelly

Sunday, 21 February 2016

The group, led by William Smiton, went to Dundrum via The Quoile and saw a great variety of birds. More...

Field Trip to Larne Lough - again! Brenda Campbell

Friday, 22 January 2016

A field trip to WOW, Groomsport and Bangor was rejected in favour of a trip nearer home, with hopes of spotting the Ballycarry Yellowhammer. More...

Trip to Strangford Report by Kay Wheeler 15 11 2015

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Brent, Golden Plover, Snipe and a Stonechat were the stars. More...

Wheatear in spring

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Barmouth near Castlerock and Magilligan Strand did not disappoint. More...

Field Trip to Rathlin Island 14 06 2015 By Carol Gillespie

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Rathlin's famous micro-climate performed well for the group. It was cloudy and windy in Ballycastle and sunny and warm on Rathlin Island, just six miles away across the Sea of Moyle. More...

Field trip to Carlingford 19 04 2015 Kay Wheeler

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

It was sunny with a stiff easterly wind when 15 group members arrived at Carlingford Lough. The variety of wildlife did not disappoint. More...

Male goldeneye

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Meeting at a new venue, the group set off along the Newtownabbey Way at Mossley Mill. Bird List compiled by Daphne and Alistair Begg More...

Field Trip to Dundrum Bay 15 02 2015 Ray Bennett

Friday, 20 February 2015

18 of us gathered on a cold morning but were soon bathed in winter sunshine and rewarded with good views of birds. More...

Field trip to Belfast Lough 18 01 2015 Michael Ingleston

Monday, 19 January 2015

18 birders, a biting Arctic wind and weak winter sunshine - PERFECT! More...

Field Trip to Larne Lough 16 11 2014

Monday, 24 November 2014

Glynn Station did not disappoint and there was the famous Rinkha ice cream for afters. Perfect! More...

Field Trip to Lough Beg 19 Oct 2014 by Daphne Donnelly

Monday, 27 October 2014

We were hoping to see Whoopers and we did! What a thrill! More...

Field Trip to Ramore Head and the Barmouth Hide Gary Brown 14 09 2014

Friday, 19 September 2014

A cool morning caught some of the group by surprise but it soon faired up and the birds came out to play! More...

Antrim Hills and Larne Lough 18 05 2014

Monday, 26 May 2014

There was a stunning bird just waiting for us in the Antrim Hills. We paid it a visit and it gave us good sightings. More...

Cranny Falls 27 04 2014 Brenda Campbell

Monday, 28 April 2014

The plan was for a good walk and birding. All we needed was a bit of sunshine - easy! More...

Inch Island Tour Roy Kirkwood

Monday, 24 February 2014

Read all about it. The weather was brilliant. We saw birds. More...

Strangford by William Smiton

Monday, 18 November 2013

Strangford Lough is a unique and wonderful place of immense international importance for nature conservation. It is one of only three designated Marine Nature Reserves in the United Kingdom. More...

Drake teal profile

Friday, 25 October 2013

Despite dire warnings of BIG RAIN, the group gathered and travelled round the coast and had a good variety of birds in improving weather conditions. fortune favours . . . . More...

Puffin with sandeels in beak

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Rathlin Island wove its magic spell AGAIN! More...

What a fund raiser!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

An evening of sand martins, swifts, silliness and supper! More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

A rare good weather day, loads of birds together with grammatical debate, made this a most enjoyable group outing. More...

Group Trip to Scotland April 2013 by Michael Ingleston

Friday, 3 May 2013

Why did the Red Grouse cross the road? To make sure everyone on the minibus got a good view of it. More...

Larne Lough and the Antrim Hills.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

A small group led by William Smiton had an eventful and successful field trip. Report by Daphne Donnelly More...

Dundrum and The Mournes

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Will the weather be kind to us? Will the Red Kites have moved on? Will the tides suit us? For the answers to these questions read on. More...

Lecale and Dundrum Bay Reporter Ray Bennett

Sunday, 17 February 2013

A great field trip to coastal areas of south and east Co Down on Sunday 17 February 2013. More...

Inch Island Trip 15/02/13

Saturday, 16 February 2013

We're off to see the Bittern, the wonderful Bittern of Inch! More...

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

It had rained all day, however . . . More...

Snowdrop Walk

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

A chance to have a nosey around Mark Smyth's garden where he has a variety of Snowdrops among other plants. More...

North Antrim Coast 15/01/12 Denis Boyd

Saturday, 21 January 2012

14 group members travelled to Portrush to see what they could see. More...

Inch Levels Co. Donegal Mark Smyth

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Ten go on a wild goose chase! More...

Dundrum and The Mournes William Smiton

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

The sun shone and we had waders and raptors galore. More...

The North Antrim Coast Lesa Ingleston

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

From Great Skuas to Peregrine Falcon More...

Tory Island Adventure. Don Lavelle

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

A party of 10 braved the elements and had the trip of a lifetime with birds to die for! We all survived. More...

Field Trip to Larne Lough Ray Bennett

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Plan B More...

Carlingford Lough

Friday, 12 November 2010

Is it a Golden Eagle, a Hen Harrier or a Merlin?Daphne Donnelly's report. More...

little egret, wading, water

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Chough, Osprey, Little Egret and Nightjar More...

Weekend Trip to Donegal

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Some surprises to be found in Donegal. More...

Dumfries and Galloway

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Trip highlight from Kate More...

Mayo in May

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

In May 2008 the Antrim Local group headed West to Mayo. The aim: to see birds, explore a new area for birding and spend some quality time together. More...