Take a pair of binoculars with you and some sound ornionthology experience and join our guided tour with professional bird watching guide Michael Cobley on the magnificent grounds of Longueville House. Michael (chair of the West Cork branch of Bird Watch Ireland) has years of experience guiding groups of various experience levels including newcomers and will be on hand to help with the birds, their songs and calls, and also information on their habits and habitats. Michael has gained experience from birding in most European countries and will be available not only leading the chorus walk but also afterwards over a cup of coffee where we can wind down after our early start with a questions and answers session. Discussion is enthusiastically encouraged and opportunity given to reflect on the chorus and other birding topics. Birds heard & some seen in past events being: Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Wren, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chifchaff, Rook, Hooded Crow, Swallow, Chafinch, Magpie, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Raven, Dunock, Starling, Jay, Meadow Pipit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch & Bullfinch.
The Evening chorus walk takes place on Saturday 16th at 7pm.
The Dawn chorus walk takes place on Sunday 17th May at 4am on National Dawn Chorus Day.
Participants meet at Longueville House Hotel. A brief orientation & maps distributed of various sites on estate. Participants set off on tour with Michael. Later the groups return home to clean up & enjoy a hearty country house breakfast/ light supper (for evening participants). In Longueville we place as much emphasis on the reward at the end of a walk as in the actual walk itself! Afterwards a cosy chat, questions & answers session in the drawing room by the fire. Longueville is known for its more intimate chorus walks, in luxurious surroundings, allowing participants to benefit more from guide’s time & attention.
Please ensure mobile phones are switched off before and during walks. This is one of the few occasions when dogs are unwelcome in Longueville! Quiet and patient children are most welcome but bear in mind that walks can last up to 2.5 -3 hours.
Price for Non Residential Attendees:
Family Ticket: €149 Two adults & two children (under 14 years) Group Tickets: €49 per person (excess of four participants)
Price Includes: Guided Dawn/Evening Chorus Walk, Full Traditional Country House Breakfast/ or Supper for evening attendees, plus detailed discussion with Michael Cobley afterwards.
Overnight Rates/ Residential:
Evening chorus participants €140 per person sharing B&B only (staying night of event) plus walk & expert. Offer subject to availability. Dawn chorus participants €180 per person sharing Dinner B&B (staying night before event) plus walk & expert. Offer subject to availability.
Advance booking & payment is essential by credit card or cheque as numbers taken for this very special event are limited. Confirmation of booking will be guaranteed by email on receipt of these payment details. Cancellation is required within 48 hours of the event to avoid penalty of payment in full. Cancellations before this time will be refunded payment minus 20% handling fee. Do book early as spaces are limited! Offer subject to availability.