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From Westport take the R335 to Louisburgh, continue through the town and follow the signs to Roonagh Pier, from where the ferries to Clare Island leave.
Best Time to Visit: Summer
In addtion to being Ireland's fourth and newest gannetry, the cliffs on the west and north sides of Clare Island provide breeding sites for Kittiwake, Fulmar, Guillemot, Great Black-backed Gull and Black Guillemot.
There is a very small Puffin colony, as well as a few breeding Gannets (since 1978). Chough and Peregrine are regularly seen and there have been Corncrake reported in the past. There are also Raven, Tree Sparrow and Rock Doves.
Rare / Scarce / Unusual Birds:
Gyr Falcon (1994 - found dead)
Black-throated Diver (1 seen off the island on March 1984)
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