At the Western edge of Europe, with a relatively unspoilt environment and low population, Ireland offers excellent opportunities for the birdwatcher. Its geographical position makes it ideal for observing migratory seabirds, waders and passerine vagrants from America. The island has some of Europe's best known birding "hotspots" including Cape Clear, Loop Head and Hook Head. This guide covers the whole of Ireland under 143 site accounts. These are divided into 62 major sites and 81 other sites worthy of attention. Each major site has at least one detailed map and is covered in detail. The lesser sites are generally less well watched but are areas with potential for interesting birds. Introductory chapters provide a thorough background to Ireland's avifauna and birdwatching in the North and the Republic. There is also advice on travel and accommodation and suggestions for one- and two-week trips.