Explore posts on all aspects of life on the hook peninsula. They highlight the diversity of the peninsula, be that in history, flora, fauna or the ground beneath your feet.

Opportunist Spiders

Home sweet Home. Spider webs are a familiar sight everywhere inland from ditches to gardens, to inside your house. Spiders are opportunists and will set up camp anywhere they believe they will catch food. In this case, an Orb-web spider has set up his home on a sheer cliff -face down at Baginbun, literally metres…


Weathered Sandstone

The Hook Peninsula is composed of many rock types including sedimentary limestone and sandstone. These are considered generally soft in geological terms and over time can be manipulated by chemicals/particles in the water/wind. Here’s a large slab of Red Sandstone around Boyces Bay eerily shaped by time and nature.

Sea Rocket

This sea rocket (Cakile maritima) is enjoying the sun down at Carnivan beach. This annual plant spreads along sandy and shingle beaches and can be found in bloom from June to September. Originally from North America this hardy, coastal cousin or the rocket that you’d find in your local supermarket, can be found all over…


Silver-washed Fritillary

The Silver-washed Fritillary is our largest resident butterfly and is especially found in the south of Ireland. It gets its name from the silvery splashes on its under wings. A powerful flier, it prefers thin, broad leaved woodland where it can be seen gliding back and forth along sunny pathways feeding on the nectar of…



Gannet is derived from the Old English for strong or masculine. Northern Gannets are the largest seabird in the North Atlantic, having a wingspan of up to 2 meters. You can often see these birds hunting fish by nose diving, arrow like into the water. They can dive from a height of 30 meters which…


Knights Templar at Templetown

The Knights Templar first utilised this spot by building a wooden tower here. The current stone tower that can be seen was built after the Templar lands were given to their rivals the Knights Hospitaller. The more modern church building is the old Church of Ireland church that was used up until the newer St…


Sea Beet at Booley Bay

Sea Beet is a common sight around our coasts. Did you know this very plant is the granddaddy of our modern spinach, chard, beetroot and sugar beet? The young leaves are very tasty (and super good for you – ask Popeye) especially picked young and steamed. From soups to salads there are endless recipes online.…


Grey Seals

Say hi to Podge and Rodge! Whilst scanning with my binoculars from Hook Head over the water toward Dunmore East the other day, these two kept popping up to see what I was up to. So I said I’d give them their 15 minutes of fame! Grey seals are the larger of our two seals…


Common Field Grasshopper

A common sight is the Common Field Grasshopper like the one pictured here in Saltmills. Their colour can vary from green through brown, to almost black. More often heard than seen, they chirp away in the vegetation or on rocks and bare ground. They call in short repetitive fizzes or in longer spells sounding like…


Booley Bay Rock Formation

The variation in rock type and formation around Hook Peninsula is impressive in relation to the size of the area. Each beach and bay has something different to offer. Here on Booley Bay, the late Cambrian fine-grained sandstones/shale rock strata sweep from almost horizontally to almost vertically and every other angle in between!