The Mullet Peninsula OS Discovery Series - Map No 22

Includes Blacksod and Broadhaven Bays, Headlands, Beaches, Lakes, Marshes, Hills and the many Islands off North West Mayo
There are many rare, unusual and scarce birds reported from the area.

Nearest Town Belmullet at the far North West of Mayo

How to get to the Mullet Peninsula Drive through the town of Belmullet and either turn left for most of the peninsula or go straight (north) on for the Erris Head area

Neighbouring Site:
Carrowmore Lake

Best Time to Visit All Year

Winter: Good for geese, swans and ducks

Autumn: Provides excellent chances to see passage migrants

The peninsula is noted for some of the Red-Listed birds and Annex 1 birds,
e.g. Greenland White-fronted Geese, Corncrake, Red-billed Chough and Twite

Type of Site Penisula with cliffs, sandy beaches, machair, lakes marshed and low hills

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Blacksod & Broadhaven Bays (north and south of Belmullet) are both SPAs Winter Birds:
Whooper Swans; Geese (White-fronted, Barnacle, Light-bellied)
Plover (Golden, Ringed, Grey and Lapwing)
Divers (Black-throated, Red-throated, Great Northern)
Ducks (Wigeon, Teal, Scaup, Long-tailed, Shelduck, Common Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser)
Waders (Sanderling, Dunlin, Knot, Curlew, Black-tailed & Bar-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Greenshank)
Slavonian Grebe may also be seen

Summer Birds: Include Terns and Sandpipers

Autumn: Passage waders & Passerines

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Erris Head (F700415)
Situated on the northern tip of the Mullet. Park at the car park and walk to the headland over the styled walk on the left side of the car park at the Danish Cellar

Chough; Twite; Rock Dove; Passage Migration during the autumn

Annagh Head
Annagh Head
Annagh Head (F625345)
Drive past Annagh Marsh to the end of the road and park in the car park.

Autumn: Passage migrants

Rare/Scarce/Unusual Birds:
Booted Warbler (Sept 2004)
Wilson's Petrel (2002, 2004)

Benwee Head (F825455)
Situated north of Ross Port

Passage migrants; Fulmars

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Annagh Beach (F468345)
Drive west past Annagh Marsh, take the next track to the right

Waders including sandpiper; also a good range of gulls

Rare/Scarce/Unusual Birds:
American Golden Plover (2006)
White-rumped Sandpiper (16/10/2006)
Baird's Sandpiper (12/09/2006)
Collared Pratincole
Elly Bay Geese - Light-bellied Brent; good selection of waders

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Termoncarragh Lake (F663350)
View from the car park at Termoncarragh graveyard where there is a 'birding' board.

See BWI main website for more details
Winter: up to 50 Greenland White-fronted Geese, 200 Whooper Swan, 1,000 Barnacle Geese, 50 Greylag Geese, Pink-footed Geese

Summer: Corncrake can be heard calling from surrounding fields

All Year: Chough and Twite

Rare/Scarce/Unusual Birds:
Snow Goose (September 2008)
Long-billed Dowitcher (3 from Sept/Oct 2005)

Cross Lough (F645295)
On the south-west of the penisula, an SPA


Winter: Whooper Swans; good variety of ducks

Rare/Scarce/Unusual Birds:
Lesser Yellowlegs (Sept/Oct 2006)

Leam Lough (F648270)

All Year: Waders

Rare/Scarce/Unusual Birds:
Baird's Sandpiper (01/10/2008)
Citrine Wagtail (5th & 6th Sept 2004)
Upland Sandpiper (19/10/1998)

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Annagh Marsh (F655340)
Owned by BWI - an SPA and has been recently restored to specifically help breeding waders.
No Entry - viewing from the road only.

See BWI main website for more details

Best Time to View: All Year

Also late Spring/Summer:
Breeding waders, Corncrake, Snipe, Grasshopper Warbler

Annagh Marsh
Annagh Marsh

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Termon Hill (F630195)
At the south end of the peninsula, park at the stone circle.

Snowy Owl has been seen here in the autumn and spring of 2006, 2007 and 2008

Rare/Scarce/Unusual Birds:
Red-eyed Vireo (5th -7th Oct 2006)
Swainson's Thrush (dead at Blackrock Lighthouse, 26/05/1956  - now at the National Museum, Dublin)
Stone Circle
Stone Circle at Tarmon Hill 

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Inishkea Island (F565225)
West of the penisula, they are an SPA

Winter: Sanderling; Barnacle Geese; Peregrine
The Barnacle geese have been studied here since the early 1960's

Summer: Waders (Oystercatcher, Ringer Plover, Redshank, Dunlin); Terns (Arctic, Little, Common); Gulls; Wheatear

On Passage: Skuas
Inishkea Island
Inishkea Island

Stags of Broadhaven
Off Benwee Head, an SPA.
This island is inaccessible.

Best in the summer with Storm and Leach's Petrel; Fulmar
Inishglora (F615315) and
Inishkeeragh (F605303)
Both are SPAs

Little and Arctic Tern; Storm Petrel; Shag; Barnacle Geese
Duvillaun Islands (F580160)

Fulmar; Storm Petrel; Cormorant

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