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Causeway Coast Voted UK’s Favourite Spot for Wildlife

1st June 2023
The famous basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway on Northern Ireland’s North Coast
The famous basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway on Northern Ireland’s North Coast Credit: PxHere

The Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland has been voted as the UK’s favourite place for wildlife.

The iconic location, best known for hosting the Giant’s Causeway, was chosen by voters in an online poll by BBC Wildlife magazine to mark its 60th anniversary.

And it was picked over the likes of the Isles of Scilly and Wimbledon Common to top an eclectic top 10.

Aside from its famed rock formations, the Causeway Coast is home to “a wonderful wealth of marine wildlife, from seals to basking sharks”, the magazine says.

Portstewart man Richard Lafferty told the Guardian: “The waters off the North Coast here are very rich in marine life because we have quite strong tidal currents and our waters are full of plankton.

“It feeds the soft corals and the sponges underwater, which bring in the small fish, the birds and the bigger predators like our dolphins, porpoises, whales and basking sharks.”

The Guardian has more on the story HERE.

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Marine Wildlife Around Ireland One of the greatest memories of any day spent boating around the Irish coast is an encounter with marine wildlife.  It's a thrill for young and old to witness seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales right there in their own habitat. As boaters fortunate enough to have experienced it will testify even spotting a distant dorsal fin can be the highlight of any day afloat.  Was that a porpoise? Was it a whale? No matter how brief the glimpse it's a privilege to share the seas with Irish marine wildlife.

Thanks to the location of our beautiful little island, perched in the North Atlantic Ocean there appears to be no shortage of marine life to observe.

From whales to dolphins, seals, sharks and other ocean animals this page documents the most interesting accounts of marine wildlife around our shores. We're keen to receive your observations, your photos, links and youtube clips.

Boaters have a unique perspective and all those who go afloat, from inshore kayaking to offshore yacht racing that what they encounter can be of real value to specialist organisations such as the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) who compile a list of sightings and strandings. The IWDG knowledge base has increased over the past 21 years thanks in part at least to the observations of sailors, anglers, kayakers and boaters.

Thanks to the IWDG work we now know we share the seas with dozens of species who also call Ireland home. Here's the current list: Atlantic white-sided dolphin, beluga whale, blue whale, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin, Cuvier's beaked whale, false killer whale, fin whale, Gervais' beaked whale, harbour porpoise, humpback whale, killer whale, minke whale, northern bottlenose whale, northern right whale, pilot whale, pygmy sperm whale, Risso's dolphin, sei whale, Sowerby's beaked whale, sperm whale, striped dolphin, True's beaked whale and white-beaked dolphin.

But as impressive as the species list is the IWDG believe there are still gaps in our knowledge. Next time you are out on the ocean waves keep a sharp look out!