Waterford Wildlife

Since 1999

The Wildlife of Waterford City & County



Christmas dinner for a local Redwing.

Winter Butterflies


The radiators are on and the sun is shining. The house is warm. Butterflies and some moths that are hibernating in your house for the winter are fooled into thinking that the Spring has sprung and start flying in your house. Take them gently and put them in a dark place. They will fly again when the real Spring arrives.

Waterford Reindeers


When excavations took place in caves near Dungarvan, bones found were later positively identified as those of Reindeer and were thought to be common here in prehistoric times. However, it was not known then, that they could fly at a certain time each year!!

A surprise Blackcap


In a Waterford City garden tody, a male Blackcap that should now be in the warmer climates of Africa. Why did it choose to overwinter here?

18 Years- and a day.


This site was first launched on the 13th December 1999. The Robin was trapped and ringed on the previous day and has reappeared on the site each Christmas since then. The site is bit slow now, but SURE!!

Late Red Admiral


A late Red Admiral flying between the showers on its way back to Africa, seen in Waterford City today.



Now well established throughout the City and County, the Common Swift  in th local skies.


Red Lily Beetle


Well awakened from the winter hibernation in the soil, the Red Lily Beetle is now alive and devestating the leaves and shoots of spring lilys and related plants.

Holly Blue butterfly


Now flying on a rare good Spring day, the Holly Blue butterfly.

First butterfly of the year


Given that this year’ s Spring seems to have fallen on Monday 27th March, a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly took to the air in a Waterford City suburb.