Meet The Team

The 2016 Kilcoole Little Tern Project team:
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Paddy Manley (Day Warden)

Paddy’s curiosity for bird life in Ireland began at the young age of 14, when he received his trainee  ringer’s licence. Since ringing that first Robin in his own back garden, the study of birds has brought him to the other side of the world to Bahrain. Well on the way towards his full licence, Paddy went on to study Geology in University College Dublin. After graduating, he was a founding member of the Irish Midlands Ringing Group, in which he plays an administrative role. He currently oversees the seabird ringing expeditions of the Irish Midlands Ringing Group to various offshore islands around the Irish Coast. Paddy has already worked with BirdWatch Ireland on the Dublin Bay Birds Project, colour ringing Oystercatcher, Bar-tailed Godwit and Redshank to investigate their movements in Dublin Bay and summer breeding grounds. He has had the pleasure of meeting Common and Arctic Terns on Rockabil and on the breeding platforms in Dublin Port, but after moving in with our Little Terns in Kilcoole last year, he has decided to come back again for a second season. 

Kevin Delahunty (Day Warden) 

Kevin Delahunty studied Zoology at UCD, graduating in 2009 with a 2.1 and going on to complete a Master of Science in Biodiversity and Conservation at Trinity College in 2011. New to Birdwatch Ireland and working with birds, he is extremely passionate about the conservation of Ireland’s biodiversity and has been involved in numerous different projects including the fawn tagging of the fallow deer in the Phoenix Park, Dublin and he is currently the regional coordinator for Dublin for the Batlas2020 project. He strives to pass on his own knowledge to the public and has set up multiple events based around getting the public back outdoors and interested in Irish wildlife, such as nature walks and wildlife workshops.

Cole Macey (Night Warden)

Originally from Somerset, Cole came to Ireland on holiday in 1996 and never left! He has been involved in the management and conservation of wildlife his entire life with a background in game keeping, forestry, farming and also as a  park ranger. This year is Cole's 9th year as a night warden on the Kilcoole Little Tern project, where his main duties include overseeing the installation and maintenance of fencing, protecting the colony at night from mammalian predators and again from corvids early in the morning. He adheres religiously to the colony motto of "Always Alert, Always Ready!". Cole has also worked on BirdWatch Ireland projects on Tory Island, Co. Donegal and Puffin Island, Co. Kerry.

Dr. Steve Newton (Project Co-ordinator)

Dr. Steve Newton is a Senior Conservation Officer for BirdWatch Ireland. He is responsible for seabird research, monitoring and colony management. This comprises coordinating, on an annual basis, the Irish input to the Seabird Monitoring Programme (UK-Ireland) and managing the Rockabill Roseate Tern and the Kilcoole Little Tern Projects. Steve organised the first quantitative survey of nocturnal petrels and shearwaters on west coast islands in 2000-2001 as part of the Seabird 2000 Project. He was also responsible for managing the BWI/NPWS Chough Survey and follow-up research programme (2002 to 2010), the NPWS/BWI Upland Bird Survey (2002-2004), and other work on upland habitats and their birds, including Hen Harrier and Red Grouse. He is a member of the all-Ireland team responsible for the 'Birds of Conservation Concern' process which reviews the Red, Amber and Green lists for Ireland and is a member of the Irish Rare Breeding Birds Panel.