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WHERE WHAT

North Bull Is­land, Co Dublin. This is­land in Dublin Bay has ex­isted for only 200 years — be­fore the building of the North Bull Wall on the rec­om­men­da­tion of Cap­tain Wil­liam Bligh it was a mere sand­bank, cov­ered by the tides. It was Ire­land’s first of­fi­cial bird sanc­tu­ary, and wel­comes many species that can be only seen in win­ter. By Jan­uary up to 5,000 ducks, 3,000 Brent geese and 30,000 waders all roost here nightly. The is­land is 5km long by 1km wide, and fea­tures a wide, sandy beach backed by dunes, grass­land and salt marsh. Be­gin by heading to the vis­i­tor cen­tre, then make a cir­cuit as large or small as you like; the loop around the south­ern half of the is­land to North Bull Wall is 7km long.

START/FIN­ISH GET­TING THERE

Near St Anne’s Golf Club. Head to Clon­tarf on the R807, then cross the Cause­way Road to the is­land. Park along the road just be­fore the is­land’s round­about, not far from the golf club en­trance. Or take bus 130 from the city cen­tre. Easy — flat ter­rain through­out.

7km/2-2.5 hours Your binoc­u­lars, and a copy of Adrian

LEVEL LENGTH/TIME TO WALK PACK

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