The handsome Barnacle Goose (Gé ghiúrainn, Branta leucopsis) is a winter visitor to Ireland, predominantly occurring along the west coast. They show a particular fondness for offshore islands, which offer undisturbed grazing opportunities, though several flocks also visit mainland sites: perhaps the most reliable place to see them is at Lissadell in Co Sligo.
Science & Nature
Scotland's vibrant capital is an ideal city for walkers. Stroll in Princes Street Gardens between Georgian vistas and the old town. The classical National Gallery adds a continental backdrop. Climb to Edinburgh Castle (pictured) and visit museums and historic sites. Enjoy spectacular views northwards.
Numerous and widespread, the Great Tit is the largest Irish member of the titmouse family. The common garden species frequently visits bird tables and peanut feeders and will readily use artificial nestboxes; combined with its tame, inquisitive nature and bright colouration, this has served to make it one of our most popular birds.