Tory Island Whale-Watching Weekend 11th - 13th May 2007

18th Apr 2007 There are a limited number of places remaining on the IWDG whale-watching weekend which takes place on Tory Island on 11th - 13th May 2007.

This will be our 4th year running a whale-watching weekend on the Island and in the past we have seen Bottlenose Dolphins, Risso's Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise and Basking Sharks.

Participants should ideally arrive on the island on Friday evening. The last ferry departs Magheroarty at 5.00pm and this is where you should expect to encounter your first cetaceans of the weekend. Harbour Porpoise and Risso's dolphins have been sighted from the ferry in the past and since September there has been a "resident" Bottlenose Dolphin which follows the ferry on occasion. Later that night there will be an "introduction to whale watching" talk and DVD presentation given by Nick Channon.

The first land based watch will take place on Saturday morning from the Northern side of the Island. After lunch, weather permitting, there will be a two hour boat trip around the island. Following the boat trip, we will commence our second land based watch from the Eastern side of the island. Watch durations are dependant on weather and sea conditions, which will necessitate our being flexible with the schedule. However, we will try to maximise your time outdoors.

For further details please contact: nick.channon@iwdg.ie

Tel: 087 9947484

IWDG's Cape Clear Whale Watching Courses



Places are also filling now for the IWDG's three whale watching courses on Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork, on 1-3 June, 6-8 July & 17-19 August. Sightings Co-ordinator, Padraig Whooley, has lead 18 such courses on Cape Clear since 2001, which have produced sightings of seven cetacean species, including: harbour porpoise, common bottlenose & Risso's dolphins, killer whale, minke and humpback whale.

Cape Clear has long been known by birders as Ireland's premiere destination for both seabirds and passerines, but in recent years has become equally well known as one of the South coast's premiere whale watching hot-spots, boasting an impressive species diversity and high encounter rate. For further details on these courses, see events section or contact padraig.whooley@iwdg.ie , or Phone 023-38761

See you there!