The Wildlife of the Bull Island

by Proinsias Mac an Bheatha

This publication examines of the Bull Island’s wildlife, including its flora, its fauna, and many of the invertebrates found on the island. After a sold out first edition, this new revised edition includes almost 250 species, along with  their accompanying photographs.

The publication has been supported by Dublin City Council and the Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere Project.

A revised fourth edition, with extra species and many new photographs.


About the book

Consisting of 268 pages, this book examines almost 250 species of wildlife including the birds, flora, invertebrates and mammals, that are found on the island. It provides clear and detailed information about each species, along with many photographs, to assist you in identifying them.

It examines the history and development of the island from its origins, through to the present day. It also considers the threats that may face the island into the future.

The diversity and richness of the island's flowers that bloom throughout the summer are included along with the many insects that arrive to feed on these flowers. Bird species are also examined, including the many migrating birds, such as the Brent Goose, that spends the winter on the island.

Three particular locations are chosen, including, the sea estuary, the grassy dunes, and the beach. Each is given its own separate chapter, and the wildlife there is examined in detail.

Tá leabhrán as gaeilge ar fáil freisin, d'arbh ainm, 'Fiadhúlra Oileáin an Bhulla'. Tá sé scríbhte agam féin agus ag mo chara Seán Ó Coileáin. Níl sé comh mór leis an leabhair béarla, agus de bharr sin, tá an praghas níos saoire.


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Proinsias Mac an Bheatha

About the author

Proinsias Mac an Bheatha

Born and raised in Clontarf, I have been interested in wildlife for most of my life.

From the age of 10, when my father bought me my first pair of binoculars, I have been visiting the Bull Island to observe the wildlife there. It was birdwatching that interested me in the early years, but since then I have developed an interest in all aspects of wildlife,  particularly in the wild flowers and insects, found on the island.

Another interest I have is photography, and I have included of my own photos of the island's wildlife in this book. These photographs will help you identify the different species that can be observed on the island.

Over the years, as a teacher, I have led many educational field trips to the island. I have also brought many adult groups on tours to observe the wildlife found there.

So many people visit the island to walk and partake in sports. Many do not realise the richness of wildlife that is so close by. Therefore, I decided to write this book, in order to provide a helpful guide, for the visitor.

I hope this book, will encourage more people to take an interest in the natural richness found the Bull Island.

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