IWDG Residential Whale Watching Weekend Course September 2023

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IWDG Residential Whale Watching Weekend Course September 2023

Join IWDG for a weekend whale watching course, comprising indoor presentations, land watches & boat trips in search of west Cork's giants.

By Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG)

When and where

Date and time

Fri, 22 Sep 2023 17:30 - Sun, 24 Sep 2023 13:00 IST


CECAS, Myross Wood House, Leap, Co. Cork, P81 Y192 Myross Wood House Leap Ireland

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 1 day before event


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6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Title: IWDG Weekend Whale Watching/Identification Courses Venue: CECAS, Centr

Padraig Whooley, IWDG

Check in at CECAS, Leap from 16:00 Fri. 22nd Sept. Meeting @ 17:30 to carpool for optional 1st land-based whale watch at Toe Head Signal Tower (18:00-19:15) https://w3w.co/chinos.informed.deserters, ...

Day 1. Fri 22nd Sept

8:45 AM - 8:15 PM

Day 2, Sat. 23rd Sept.

Padraig Whooley, IWDG

08.00 - 08:30am: Breakfast #1 (residential participants only) 08: 45 – 10:30am: Presentation II, "Recording schemes & Species identification skills", 10:45 -12:15: 2nd land-based "whale watch" at Clo...

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Day 3, Sun. 24th Sept

Padraig Whooley, IWDG

09:00 -09:45am: Breakfast (residential only, note the sleep-in and longer breakfast!) 09:45- 10:00 am: If residential, check out 10:00-10:45: Short presentation III & final group discussion/overview/...

About this event

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Title: IWDG Weekend Whale Watching/Identification Courses

Venue: CECAS, Centre of Excellence for Climate Action & Sustainability

Where: Myross Wood House, Leap, Co. Cork, P81 Y192

Dates: September 22-24th 2023

Looking for a weekend with a difference? Why not join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) www.iwdg.ie, Ireland’s leading marine conservation NGO, on a weekend whale-watching course in West Cork during summer 2023. By taking part you will also be actively supporting whale and dolphin conservation and research in Ireland.

Our 2023 residential weekends are once again based at the CECAS centre, Leap, West Cork www.cecas.ie, and combine a relaxed learning experience at this former religious retreat, providing a unique opportunity to learn more about the 26 species of cetaceans that can be found in Irish waters. Your course facilitator and guide will be IWDG Sighting Officer, Pádraig Whooley, who has delivered similar weekend courses since 2002. Suitable from ages of 18 years upwards, our courses cater for all levels of interest, from the complete novice to the wildlife enthusiast who’d like to learn more about Ireland’s whales and dolphins, how to find and identify them, IWDG’s recording schemes and how you, as Citizen Scientists, can contribute to their conservation, as well as the latest research.

Participants will attend a series of indoor presentations and guided land-based watches, during which you will learn the field-skills required to observe, identify and record these magnificent marine mammals. Incorporated into the weekend will be a 4-5hr pelagic boat trip with our partners at Cape Clear Ferries, departing from Baltimore, when we’ll survey for large whales in the productive offshore area known as the “Deep Hole” to the south east of Cape Clear Island. Boat trip is subject to weather and not included in the course fee.

The venue

These weekends are essentially residential and based at the CECAS Centre near Leap village, west Cork. We envisage most participants booking this accommodation, which comprises a range of affordable and comfortable room options, some of which are En Suite. Set among 30 acres of woodland overlooking Glandore Harbour in the heart of West Cork, this historic former retreat is a peaceful, unique and magical place for tranquility, nature and relaxation, and is also convenient for Clonakilty, Rosscarbery Leap, Glandore, Union Hall and Skibbereen. A great base for exploring this wonderful area on land or by sea. Of course, if you live locally or are on holidays in the area, then it’s unlikely you’ll need accommodation, which is not a problem, and in these cases a small fee for a light lunch and use of the facilities will apply (see below).

Course fee per person is as follows:

Course fee payable to IWDG via Eventbrite link

  • IWDG member (Incl. tuition, guided watches, facility fee & lunch) €95 or
  • Non-member (Incl. 1 yr m/ship, tuition, guided watches, facility fee & lunch ) €120

Accommodation & food payable to CECAS

Residential attendees (Eg: single room 2 nights, b/fast x2 & evening Meal x1 ) €107 pp

Optional but recommended

Whale Watch boat trip, pay operator on day (Weather Permitting) €45-€50

Non Residents who opt for the evening meal can pay on day €22

Sea swims on local beaches at the Warren &/or Toe Head beach

Places are secured on receipt of course fee payable to IWDG (€95 or €120) via Eventbrite link. Full refunds will be given in the event of IWDG cancelling your course or if for health reasons you have to cancel, giving us 48 hrs notice.

If staying on a residential basis at CECAS, we suggest once your place(s) are secured with IWDG, that you contact Ana in CECAS by email: info@cecas.ie to book your accommodation (and meals), which is available on a first come first served basis. CECAS will then send you a fund request for payment of their charges

See full list of room type prices below

Room options and prices per room, based on a 2 night stay are as follows:

• 14x Single rooms (max. 1 person) €70

• 4x Double en suite rooms (2 ppl, double bed) €130

• 6x Twin rooms (max 2 ppl, 2x single beds) €96

• 1x family en suite room (3 ppl) €150

• 1x family en suite room (4 ppl) €170

Food prices per person for weekend (vegetarian options provided on all meals)

• Breakfast x2 @ €7.50 (Sat. & Sun.) €15

• Light lunch x1 (soup & sandwiches) Sat. €10

• Evening meal x1(Sat) €22 €22

Enquiries or further details, email padraig.whooley@iwdg.ie , Ph. 353 (0)86-3850568

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