Allen's Pool Ballycotton

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Allen's Pool Ballycotton

Allen's Pool Ballycotton

Above: Ballycotton Bog looking west from the R629

Habitat: Three brackish pools, on the eastern facing Ballycotton Bay.A mixed and varied habitat of marshes, beach and lake that make up the prime birdwatching areas of Ballycotton. The reserve includes a reedbed, marsh, sand dunes and rough grazing. It suffered in the past from poor drainage; attempts are being made to reverse the damage. It is well known as a superb Autumn migration site for waders especially American waders, with pectoral sandpiper almost annual, but also has records for greater yellowlegs, killdeer, white-rumped and baird's sandpiper.
The many gardens and hedgerows should also be checked for passerine migrants with pied flycatcher regular, and records for yellow-browed & icterine warbler. See twitter (below) for latest sightings.

Other rarities have included Squacco Heron, Spoonbill and Long-toed Stint 1st Irish record. Breeding birds include Sedge Warbler pictured, Reed Bunting and Shelduck. The reserve is a high-tide roost for large waders (Curlew, Godwits, Shanks). Wigeon, Teal and Mallard winter.

Visiting & access: View from Sand dunes (there is a hide) to minimise disturbance. At high tide, the reserve is cut off from Ballynomona Strand and is best approached from Ardnahinch Strand.

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Birdwatching walks at Ballycotton

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