Wildlife of West Cork

Wildlife of West Cork

West Cork is a wildlife sanctuary for a vast range of species, our location on the south west of Ireland means we have mild weather influenced by the Atlantic Ocean.

Some of our inhabitants include the natterjack toad, otters, Chough, Arctic Tern and Common Tern, Storm Petrel, Gulls, Guillemot, Fulmar, Gannet and Rozorbill breed on the off shore islands.

Lough Hyne near Skibbereen  is an internationally important site with unique habitat and rare marine plant and animal species.

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We have some of the best waters to view marine wildlife and includes common and grey seals, common dolphins, minke whales, fin whales, humpback whales, and basking sharks. These can all be seen by taking a local tour by boat. Alternatively, you can experience life beneath the sea by taking a scuba diving adventure.



Did you know?

  • The County of Cork has an area of 7454 km2
  • The approx. lenght of Cork’s Coastline 1094 km
  • Cork has 44,608 km of hedgerow
  • Cork has 4,406 km of treeline, and
  • Cork has 79,188 ha of forest cover (17% Broadleaf)
  • Cork has over 100 protected species


Short clips that capture our local wildlife….

Filming humpback whales off Ireland’s south coast with Cork Whale Watch

Underwater Minke Clip – Ireland’s Wildlife

A super pod of Dolphins outside Baltimore Harbour in West Cork – Richard O’Flynn

Hawfinch, Cape Clear Island – Alan Horan

Humpback Whale Breaching, Dec 1st 2013, Sherkin Island, West Cork, Ireland – Robbie Murphy

Wild West Cork

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