Bird Watch Ireland Bird Lover's Unique Break | Ballymaloe House
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From Monday 11th March to Wednesday 13th March

Choose a 1 or 2 night mid-week break to suit your own itinerary and enjoy the opportunity to learn more about our feathered friends from Bird Watch Ireland's knowledgeable Ornithologists. 

Ivan Allen loved the East Cork wildlife that his farm at Ballymaloe House was surrounded by and was particularly keen on the bird life in and around Ballymaloe. 
 
Ivan Allen had a great love for ornithology and was an expert and enthusiastic bird watcher, it is in remembrance of him and because of Ivan’s love of birds and nature that the Allen family have teamed up to sponsor BirdWatch Ireland’s 30th Irish Garden Bird Survey. Ivan concerned by the decline in native bird species as far back as the 70’s and mindfully farmed Ballymaloe considering the birds welfare where possible.  Maintaining hedges for their homes and growing plants that provided sustenance, Ivan understood the importance of providing the right environment for them and that in turn the birds would maintain a balanced ecological system.   Ivan was careful during harvesting that the birds remained safe, he insisted on walking in front of the combine harvesters to beat the corn in order for the Corncrakes to escape.
 
As the survey draws to a close Ballymaloe House are offering a very special ‘Bird Lovers’ mid-week unique break this March.  Including walks and talks on the grounds at Ballymaloe House and at the nearby Bird Sanctuary in Ballycotton with BirdWatch Ireland Ornithologists.  
 
Arrive in the afternoon for tea in the drawing room at Ballymaloe House (option to join tour of Ballycotton wetlands at 4pm). Make the house your home for the evening before enjoying a three-course Ballymaloe menu and the opportunity to enjoy our award-winning world-famous Dessert
Trolley too at your leisure. 
 
Meet your guide at 6.30am for a quick coffee and bite to eat before joining him to experience the sights and sounds of the Ballymaloe farm when the birds are waking up. Return to Ballymaloe House to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and make the house your home for the day or enjoy the East Cork area until you meet your guide at the Ballycotton wetlands site for a different bird loving walk and talk experience at 3 pm.  
 
Retire to Ballymaloe House for supper after the fresh sea air and dine with the Bird Watch Ireland expert.
  • €330 per person TWO-night dinner, bed and breakfast (€25 per night single supplement)
  • €165 per person dinner ONE-night dinner, bed and breakfast
  • One night offer available from Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th

The Bird Watch Ireland itinerary is as follows:

Monday 11th March @ 4pm

An informative tour lead by a Bird Watch Ireland Ornithologist of Ballycotton Wetlands to see wading birds and wildfowl before they return migration to their summer breeding grounds. The guided tour will include information on the habitat use and species ecology of birds of interest to
this site.

Tuesday 12th March @ 7am

Garden Bird Discovery tour on the grounds of Ballymaloe House. Join Bird Watch Ireland for a morning stroll to discover how our favourite garden birds establish and maintain their territories in the run-up to the all-important breeding season.  Find out how various birds occupy different niches
 
in our gardens.  Identify the most common resident species by sight and sound, including; Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit and Chaffinch and perhaps the more elusive Treecreepers and Goldcrests. 

Tuesday 12th March @ 3pm 

An informative tour lead by a Bird Watch Ireland Ornithologist of Ballycotton Wetlands to see wading birds and wildfowl before they return migration to their summer breeding grounds. The guided tour will include information on the habitat use and species ecology of birds of interest to this site. 

Wednesday 13th March @ 7am

Garden Bird Discovery tour on the grounds of Ballymaloe House. Join Bird Watch Ireland for a morning stroll to discover how our favourite garden birds establish and maintain their territories in the run-up to the all-important breeding season.  Find out how various birds occupy different niches

in our gardens.  Identify the most common resident species by sight and sound, including; Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit and Chaffinch and perhaps the more elusive Treecreepers and Goldcrests. 

Wednesday 13th March @ 3pm 

An informative tour lead by a Bird Watch Ireland Ornithologist of Ballycotton Wetlands to see wading birds and wildfowl before they return migration to their summer breeding grounds.  The guided tour will include information on the habitat use and species ecology of birds of interest to
this site. 
 
All these BirdWatch Ireland events individually are being offered at no charge but there is limited availability, ONLY (20 bird lovers per date / time) please call Helen Cuddigan on 087 120 4023 to book walk / talk ONLY (booking essential) and call Ballymaloe House on 021 465 2531 or book online for accommodation packages and your place on the Bird Watch guided walks and talks of your choice. 

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