Waterford Wildlife

Since 1999

The Wildlife of Waterford City & County

Painted Lady


Now moving south between the showers, fair numbers of Painted Ladies on their way to their winter quarters in Africa.

We’ve Gone Social

One of the aims of this site is inform, educate and entertain as many people as possible and so, with this in mind, we have have launched a brand new Facebook page for Waterford Wildlife. Everything here will continue as normal but Facebook will serve as a compliment to this site.

We will continue with the regular postings here but those stories will be additionally posted to Facebook. Hopefully this will help more people find our content and it will also give you, our valued readers, the chance to share and like our content with your family and friends.

We also have brand new sharing buttons on each of our posts that will help you share our posts onto your own Facebook timeline or your Twitter Feed. Please feel free to share any of our posts that you like and, as always, please leave comments if have something to say.

Orb Web Spider


Probably more common than the records suggest, the Orb Web Spider Araniella curcurbitina was  recently seen at the Kilbarry Bog National Heritage Area in Waterford City.

Ireland’s Rarest Crow – the Chough


One of the birds that Europeans come to Ireland to see, is common along the coast of Waterford. Depicted here are Choughs at Dunmore East.

Day-flying Magpie Moth


Now on the wing in many local places, the day-flying multi-coloured Magpie Moth,

Small Copper Butterfly


Now flying during sunny spells, the Small Copper butterfly.

Mute Swan


A wary Mute Swan discommoded when its picture was being taken by Bob Barrett in the Anne Valley.

Dunhill Buzzards


Seen at the bank holiday weekend, two soaring Buzzards near Dunhill.

10 Spot Ladybird Beetle


Look twice at any Ladybirds in your garden. They are probably the common 7 Spot Ladybirds but then, count the spots! They might be the uncommon 10 Spot Ladybirds like this one recently seen at the Kilbarry Bog in Waterford City.

Humming-bird Hawk Moth


Now to be seen in some gardens, the Humming-bird Hawk Moth.