A PARADISE FOR ARTISTS AND BIRD WATCHERS

WILDLIFE County Wexford is internationally famous for its wildlife, from the Blackstairs Mountains in the west to the low lying sloblands in the east. The county is perhaps most notable for its sea and migratory birds, its silted estuaries and wetlands providing ideal habitats for waders.

Nearly half of the world’s population of Greenland white-fronted geese over winter on the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, North Slobs. Other species found here include over two dozen varieties of duck, Brent and barnacle geese, whooper and Bewick’s swans and three dozen or so wader species.

Ravens and choughs are not at all uncommon. There is a colony of ravens currently in the old woodlands on the Dunbrody estate. Choughs are often seen around the rocky crags of Baginbun Head (Petit’s bay). Birds of prey include kestrels, sparrowhawks, merlins, peregrines and hen harriers. They are found mainly in the less cultivated areas and in the mountains.

The Saltee Islands offer a haven to gannets, puffins, razorbills and cormorants, as well as to the grey seal.

In the autumn, huge numbers of migratory birds fly over Hook Head.

Very close to Shielbaggan is Bannow Bay (ten minutes drive to Saltmills). There is a huge variety of waders to be seen here at low tide in a particularly beautiful setting. And don’t forget the Vine Leaf pub - one of our favourites!

 

OPPORTUNITIES for ARTISTS. The house itself has first class facilities for amateur and more serious artists. We had it designed to take the best advantage of the natural light. In fact, we called our main living room the "Studio". The dining area also has a high north west facing "cathedral" window making it eminently suitable for a painting location. In the future we intend to leave at the house some of the main essentials - bulky things like easels, to make travelling for artists less cumbersome. There are good suppliers of artists’ materials in Wexford Town, New Ross, Waterford and Kilkenny.

County Wexford offers perhaps more subjects for the artist than perhaps any other location in Ireland: the varied and often dramatic coastline dotted with seaside villages and harbours; magnificent ruins (Tintern, Dunbrody); river valleys and mountains

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