Stradbally Cove

The Copper Coast is unique to County Waterford’s coastline.
The Copper Coast name tag comes for the presense of the old 19th Century copper mines located just outside Bunmahon Village. The Coastline runs for 25kms which incorporates the most picturesque beaches, secluded coves, rocky headlands showing effects of glacier action and also showing Volcanic Action from ancient now dormant sites. This makes the drive from Tramore to Dungarvan a must do on your trip to Waterford.

The Copper Coast received international recognition in 2001 from the European Geopark and then again in 2004 it received UNESCO Global Geopark Status. The area has a wealth of unscathed beauty as seen from the above paragraph. Time really worked its magic here over the last 460 million years.

Local Beach near Comeragh View

Local Beach
For a further insight into the mining heritage in the locality it is best to visit the Bumahon Heritage Centre where a great insight can be sought into 19th copper mining in the area. The main feature and still visible today in the area is the Engine House in Tankardstown. On sight explanation boards gives us an insight into how Copper was mined back in the 19th Century.

More detailed information can be obtained from the Copper Coast website www.coppercoastgeopark.com

Water Activities, Angling, Gardens and open farms are other places of interest to see and visit whilst in the area.

To get more of an insight into the natural beauty of the area and would like to know exactly how all this occurred well this can be catered for. The Copper Coast provides both a unique visual and learning experience into how Mother Nature really works her charm. The Copper coast is just not all headlands, secluded coves it boasts several dolmens, standing stones, passage graves, fortifications and castles. The Fenor bog nature reserve is also in the area, here you can either fish or sit back and enjoy the local foral and fauna.

Bird Watching

Bird Watching has become a major hobby / pastime over recent years. Bird enthusiasts travel from all over the world to get a glimpse of rare birds that are associated with various areas.

Bird life in Ballyvoile.

Copper Coast Views

Some rare and not so rare birds which have been observed at Ballyvoile in recent times include the Hoopoe, Black
The Copper Coast
Tern, Glaucus Gull, Iceland Gull and Little Gull.
Birds that frequent the area on a regular basis include the Arctic Tern, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Little Tern, Roseate Tern, Red Throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Manx Shearwater, Storm Petrel and most recently a rare sighting of a Balearic Shearwater.

Common Birds that frequent the Cove area include Pied Wagtail, White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Stonechat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat and Chough. Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, Rock Dove and Stock Dove can also be seen. Ravens also frequent the area.

This information was kindly provided by Michael Cowming, local Bird Watcher For the other various locations