The Breaches

So named because the sea breaches through the shingle at this point, this is an area of unique habitat immediately to the south of Kilcoole’s railway station. This site is studied and maintained by Birdwatch Ireland, and acknowledged as one of the best places in Ireland for viewing wild birds. It supports a tremendous variety, and is a wintering ground for flocks of endangered Greenland white-fronted geese, besides many more species.

Rare exotics such as the Gyr Falcon, Marsh Harrier, Squacco Heron and Cattle Egret have been recorded in recent years. The Little Tern nest on the shingle during summer months. Learn more about the Little Tern project.