Tree Climbing Fox

Tree climbing Fox on the Cooley Peninsula © Enda Flynn


The Cooley Peninsula, designated a "Special Area of Conservation" (SAC) is a natural history and landscape photographer's haven. 

The mountains and hills dominate the area with rivers, peatlands, woods and forestry plantations while the shores of Carlingford lough and the Irish Sea border the Cooley Peninsula on three sides providing the perfect stop over point for migratory birds from Siberia & the Artic Circle. 

The varied habitats provide the perfect ecosystems that are home to almost all of the wild mammal species of Ireland including the rare Pine Marten and Red Squirrel, Ireland's largest wild mammal the Red Deer can be seen in Ravensdale. Native mammals include Fox, Badger, Stoat, Irish Mountain Hare, Pine Marten, Otter and Red Squirrel. While some of the noteworthy birds include Buzzard, Jay, Cuckoo, Long Eared Owl, Woodcock, Raven, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon and Crossbill.

During the winter many migrant birds arrive to escape the harsh weather further north. Expect to see Brambling, Twite, Fieldfare, Redwing, Whooper Swan, Pale Bellied Brent Geese, Snow Bunting, Waxwing and many more.

Notable butterflies and moths include Emperor Moth, Fox Moth, Elephant Hawkmoth, Poplar Hawkmoth, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Wall Brown, Silver Washed Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Holly Blue and Small Heath.

Notable damsel and dragonflies include Keeled Skimmer, Common Hawker, Black Darter, Emerald Damselfly, Four Spotted Chaser and Emperor Dragonfly.


Enda Flynn Wildlife PhotographerCooley Wildlife Photography's Enda Flynn is a wildlife photographer that lives on the Cooley peninsula and has been interested in natural history all his life. Active in the field most days either in the mountains, forests or shoreline has helped build up a good knowledge of the habits and habitats of the local fauna and flora, making him an ideal guide for a day's photography.

Cooley Wildlife Photography specialises in getting photographers close to the wildlife

By booking a day with Cooley Wildlife Photography, you can get close to wildlife like Red Squirrel, Jay, Pine Marten & Buzzard and hopefully get that shot you always wanted. Enda has an excellent track record of getting photographers great shots of elusive wildlife.


The prices for these days do not include accomodation or meals but do include a complimentary packed lunch, transportation between venues and use of hides were required.€150 (€75 per person).
B&B can be arranged if required please contact Cooley Wildlife Photography for quotation


3 Nights B&B plus 2 evening meals with 2 full days photography & complimentary packed lunches, based on 2 people sharing. €295 PER PERSON SHARING

We would be happy to quote for whatever you have in mind, just contact Cooley Wildlife Photography with your requirements and we will get back to you.


Cooley Wildlife Photography hold days for groups on specific dates. Keep an eye on the website

All Photography © Enda Flynn, Cooley Wildlife Photography

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