A Very Special Guest

While working on Commonages in Wicklow, our team encountered a very special visitor. A Dotterel was on the same mountain top. This species is a rare passage migrant in Ireland, stopping here for a rest on its way to its wintering grounds after a summer in the high Arctic. The team were delighted to make it’s acquaintance. Its presence on this Wicklow commonage shows just how important these sites are, not just for our own breeding birds but also as stopovers for birds from further north on their long journey south for the winter.