We are very lucky to be located in the centre of Ireland at Kinnitty near the Slieve Bloom Mountains where birdwatching and wildlife abound. Here are our 5 favourite birdwatching spots near Kinnitty and Slieve Bloom
1. Wild life abounds in the gardens of Ardmore Country House. House Martins nesting in the eaves can be heard chirping merrily in the morning. Watch a thrush or blackbird having a morning dip in the bird bath.
2. After breakfast take a trip into Glendine in the Slievebloom Mountains where you might catch a glimpse of Hen Harriers Siskins or Buzzards.
3. Just 20 minutes drive away is Lough Boora Discovery Park where over 130 bird species have been recorded, including the endangered wild Grey Partridge, many of which can be seen from bird hides located throughout the complex.
4. Turraun wetlands are located near Cloghan and can be reached from Blueball-Cloghan Road or the R436 Clara-Ferbane Road,Turraun lies on the Offaly Way between Boora Church and the Grand Canal.Turraun is worth a visit at any time of the year where you can see Great-crested Grebe breeds on the lake, and Grasshopper Warbler, Cuckoo, Lesser Redpol, Woodcock, large flocks of Lesser Redpoll and the occasional Siskin in the woodland. In winter, Hen Harriers can regularly be seen around the reed beds, with a good variety of duck on the lake.The rough grassy areas near the lake shore are an excellent location for Jack Snipe.
5. The Shannon Callows and Little Brosna Callows
The Little Brosna Callows are best viewed from roads running parallel to the Little Brosna River between New Bridge and Victoria Lock. Winter is the best time of year to view this site. Large flocks (1,000+) of Black-tailed Godwit and over 100 Whooper Swans and Greenland White-fronted Geese are regularly seen, as are thousands of Wigeon,Teal, Lapwing and Golden Plover and signficant flocks of Pintal and Shoveler. Little Egret is increasingly regular and rarities such as Green-winged Teal have been recorded.