Kilbrittain is situated on the northern edge of Courtmacsherry Bay in County Cork, Ireland, a beautiful picturesque little village it nestles in a sheltered valley shortly before the Kilbrittain River enters the Atlantic ocean. With many geographical and historical aspects, Kilbrittain and its surrounding area is a mecca for naturalists who enjoy, walking, fishing, boating, swimming, surfing, horse riding or just relaxing on its beautiful beaches.
The salt marshes and mudflats associated with the Kilbrittain and Argideen rivers are rich feeding grounds for birds, with safe roosts for a large range of waders and wildfowl. During the winter months, 20,000 birds use the estuary, in addition to a large number of gull species.
The area holds nationally important levels of nine species, namely, Shelduck, Oystercatcher, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Red Shank and Grey Plover. The surrounding countryside is ideal habitat for Sea, Farmland, Woodland, Freshwater, Marsh and Open Country birds, and is close to many other notable areas for birdwatchers.
In Spring and Summer, the flora of the area are a celebration of colour and variety, with salt marsh, farmland, woodland, dune, seaside and hedgerow flora to captivate both the casual and experienced observer.
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