Nature Reserves

Conserving vital habitats

Cuskinny Marsh, Co. Cork

The Cuskinny Marsh reserve has an array of habitats within a relatively small area, from shoreline to lagoon and grassland to woodland. These support a great variety of wildlife including common wetland and woodland birds which are found throughout the year. The reserve is particularly famed for its dawn chorus during the spring and early summer months, when many of the local birds are in full voice, which is boosted by the songs of summer migrants such as Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Sedge Warbler. It plays an important role within the local community and as an amenity for schools and groups to explore and learn from.

Accessibility & Facilities

All of the reserve is private property and given the sensitive nature then please refrain from entering the grassland and woodland areas and view from surrounding roads only.

Opening times: The Cuskinny Marsh reserve is open all year-round although to reduce disturbance to the wildlife please view the reserve from the adjoining public road.

Entrance charges: Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

Facilities: Parking is available at the beach to the south of the marsh. Information boards are provided along the public road that borders the west and south sides of the reserve. No observation bird hides are present. No dogs are allowed on the reserve at any time and whilst walking along the road please keep dogs on a leash and under close control.


Key Species



The undisputed jewel of the reserve; at any time of year, scan the reed edges looking for the tell-tale azure blue and orange of a Kingfisher waiting patiently for a fish to appear or follow the azure-blue flash as they fly past.


Willow Warbler

A summer visitor, these small birds are almost identical to their cousins the Chiffchaff but are easily distinguished by their lilting song echoing from the woodland which brightens up the spring dawn chorus.



During the summer locally breeding Swallows hawk for insects over the water; their numbers increase towards the end of summer as they gather to roost in the reedbed in advance of their departure on their long journey down into Africa.

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Further Information

Site Guide – Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve

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