2010 News

From the North East to the South East

One of thousands of Whitefronted Geese
Family Long Weekend in Wexford (with camera!)
My wife, son and I travelled from the north east to the south east corner of Ireland for a three night visit to Wexford. Leaving Ballycastle at 9am amazingly we reached Wexford in a little over four and a half hours, thanks to the improved road network.

This gave us time to check in, get some lunch and have time for a sunny mid afternoon visit to the Wexford North Slob Reserve - famed for it's wintering geese. The Slob lands were reclaimed from the sea in the 1840's, with the building of the sea wall and the pumphouse.

From early October through to the middle of April, the North and South Slobs and the Harbour are home to thousands of ducks, geese, swans and waders making this a site of major international importance for wildfowl and waders.

Greenland White-fronted Geese are the most numerous and important goose species on the reserve with almost 8000 present. Other species present included more than 2000 Pale-bellied Brent, Teal and Wigeon. On the other side of the sea wall Great Northern Divers and Slavonian Grebes could be observed with the use of a telescope.