Hook Head Lookout Station

Visitors to the lighthouse may have taken a quick stroll to the end of the road and wondered what the concrete slabs were once used for. These are the remnants of the WW2 Lookout station used for keeping an eye on the ships ensuring they passed the area in safety. The raised slab with the…

Holly

Quintessential plant for this time of year the Holly (European Holly – Ilex aquifolium). Anyone exploring the Tintern Trails at the Abbey would have come across these large holly trees in the depths of the woods and among the hedgerows along the trails. Fossils indicate that the common ancestor of the Ilex plants probably appeared…

Conigear

Anyone who has ever taken a walk out behind the lighthouse has probably seen this large bay situated to the east of the lighthouse. The name is either an anglicisation from the Irish coinicéar meaning warren or related to the Middle-English word for rabbits, coney. Back in the day country estates were never complete without…

A seagull on a sandy beach

Black-Headed Gull

The Black-Headed Gull is commonly spotted around the Hook peninsula and indeed all Irish coasts. Familiar as it may be, this small gull is now a Red-Listed species. Numbers are dropping and breeding colonies are more localised, with Wexford and Donegal having the largest coastal colonies. Its name is misleading as it doesn’t really have…

Shore Crab

A native to these shores (Carcinus maenas) is commonly found on beaches and in rock pools. They aren’t picky eaters and will feast on anything and everything that they come across including seaweed, molluscs and smaller crabs. It is normally a green colour but can sometimes be orange or red. Although a native to Europe…