Bird Watching Wicklow
Coronation Plantation in Wicklow is a unique area of woodland along the banks of the River Liffey in Wicklow National Park. It is one of many locations that are popular for bird watching in Wicklow. The area is close to Kippure mountain and Sally Gap in Wicklow National Park. Follow the pathway leading from the road towards the river. This leads to a group of Scots Pine trees, which were planted almost 200 years ago. Why is there an area in Wicklow called Coronation Plantation?
The trees were originally planted in 1831. William IV became King of Britain and Ireland in that year. At the time it was a commercial operation. Nowadays the trees attract a wide variety of birds, including Whinchats and Cross Bills. Unfortunately they were not in the area during my visit. So just like Arnie Schwarzenegger, I’ll be Back!
Take a walk along the gravel path from the road until you reach the bridge over the River Liffey. This leads you to a woodland area that also opens up to grassland area. Sika Deer and Red Squirrels are present in the area. Keep a close eye on the river for Dippers and Grey Wagtails. Chiffchaffs are present in summer. Limited parking is available at the entrance, so arriving early is a good plan! Sat Nav co-ordinates for the gate where you park are 53.161242, -6.360367 .
When you drive away from Coronation Plantation with the plantation on your right, you will come to a small parking area, only a couple of kilometres away. A small bridge crosses over the river at this point. Walk along the river and look for dippers here.
Bohernabreena Reservoir is just a 30 minute drive from this location!